The news is out. A storm is coming. Fredericksburg, Virginia, is set to get hit by bad weather again. How does the region prepare for an ice storm, hurricane, derecho, or snowstorm? Here is a suggested list of actions and items one can follow to help prepare for an upcoming storm.
The Fredericksburg region is prone to many types of seasonal storms. The negative storm effects are typically localized flooding, power outages, and blocked roads due to high water, snow, or downed trees. If in the event of long term power outages or blocked roads, here are several tips to help prepare for the storm.
Have food and water on hand that can be prepared without power. Bottled water and canned tuna or chicken with a hand cranked can opener works in a pinch. Peanut butter sandwiches, crackers, apples, bananas, carrots, and other non-refrigerated fruits and vegetables work well. Granola bars, fruit cups, pretzels, protein bars, candy, mixed nuts, and trail mix are good to have on hand. Paper and plastic utensils are good to use, especially if on a well system.
Fill plastic bottles or storage bags with water and put them in the freezer. This will help keep items cold in case the power goes out. Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. The ice bags and bottles will still keep it cool for 24-36 hours. As the bags melt, this gives a good source of water. Extra water can also be stored in pitchers, bottles, and even the bathtub. Extra containers of water also help fill your refrigerator. A full refrigerator and freezer will hold the cold longer.
Launder and dry clothes before the storm hits. Fill any prescriptions medications and purchase extra pet food if needed. If it is a snow storm coming, have extra blankets for the household. Have books, cards, board games, and other non-electronic items for entertainment. Fill all the gas tanks in the cars and generators. Have a crank for rechargeable flashlights, radios and even cable ports to charge cell phones. If there are already rechargeable batteries in the home, charge them as the storm approaches.
Have fresh batteries and a flashlight near the major traffic areas of the home. Candles, matches, and lighters are an easy light source. If a kerosene heater is in the house, fill the spare tank. If a generator is at the home, fill the tank or charge as needed. Remember to follow the generator directions carefully and keep in the proper location. If the generator is for outdoor use, do not bring it in the home. A battery powered radio is good to keep up with Emergency Service Reports. Any fully charged communication device is also good for Fredericksburg Area notifications. Sign up here.