Emergency preparations needed ahead of winter storm

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– When stocking up for the coming winter storm, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency says that what you’ll want to make sure you customize your emergency supplies to fit your family’s needs.

For example, if you need certain medications daily, make sure you have at least a two-week supply of those for both you and your pet. You also want to make sure you have enough supplies for infants and young children in your family, in case you’re not able to get out and about for a few days.

MEMA also recommends having a radio, working flashlights with extra batteries, and a first aid kit. They remind you to keep a cell phone charger with you, and keep your phone charged up as much as possible ahead of the storm.

It’s also recommended to have extra blankets, and winter gear such as hats, gloves, and scarves on standby, and in your car in case of emergency.

Remember to fill up your gas tank before the snow starts, as gas stations need electricity to run, so they could close down if the power goes out.

Ahead of the storm, you should also make sure you have cash in case there are widespread power outages and ATMs stop working.

Western Massachusetts Electric Company says that if you turn your refrigerator to its coldest setting ahead of the storm, you’ll help food last a few extra days if the storm does cause power outages.

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