When a winter storm approaches, AccuWeather recommends preparing an emergency kit well ahead of time.
Power outage essentials include flashlights, batteries, a radio, and a three-day supply of water and non-perishable foods, like granola bars.
Before the power goes out, set your refrigerator to the coldest setting and keep the door closed as much as possible to preserve food longer.
Safety essentials for ice storms
In a power outage, water pipes become more susceptible to freezing. Keep a small stream of water running to combat this.
If possible, have a backup power source, like a generator, for power-dependent medical devices. Never operate a generator inside or near windows, as they release very harmful carbon monoxide fumes.
Finally, always keep your gas tank at least half full.
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