A Checklist to Guide You during Winter Storms

Dated: 01/09/2020

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There's a winter storm coming to Kansas City this weekend. Although Northeast Kansas won't be hit by the storm directly, it pays to know what tools and other things you'll need during a winter storm. 

  1. Rock salt. Sprinkle rock salt on your walkways to keep them safe.
  2. Shovel. According to the Kansas Star, this Saturday's winter storm could dump around three to six inches of snow. 

  3. Winter tires. Check if you've installed good winter tires that can withstand traveling through the weather.

  4. Windshield wipers. Make sure that your car, van, or truck has working wipers.

  5. Flashlights, batteries, and candles. Have these ready in case electrical power goes out. Be careful when you opt to use candles around kids - they might unknowingly knock them over. Buy these simple power alternatives instead of relying on gasoline or propane heaters, which may cause accidental fires.

  6. Fully-charged electronic devices. Charge your electronic devices so that you can use them to get information about the weather over the internet, or call people when a power outage or emergency happens.
  7. Battery-operated radio and extra batteries. You can never be too sure, not even in this technology-driven world. A battery-operated radio serves as a reliable alternative to modern communication lines, which may get cut off during a winter storm. Better yet, get a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio (NWR) receiver. According to FEMA, these receivers "are designed to work with external notification devices for people who are deaf or hard of hearing".

  8. Thick blankets. If the electrical power goes out, you'll need these to keep you warm in place of a heater. If you don't have enough thick blankets, then use heat packs. Or you can just wear more layers of clothing.

  9. A fire extinguisher. According to the Simple Family Preparedness website, house fires commonly happen during winter storms, when people use other heat alternatives.

  10. Food and emergency supplies. Stock up on sustenance because it'll take you a while to get to the grocery store after a winter storm. Prepare an emergency kit and medicines as well.

  11. Home insurance documents. Keep your property insurance documents handy so you'll know what to do immediately when your home incurs damages after the storm.
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Karey Brown

I am a real estate Broker and have been in business since 2002. I run a team "Preferred Advisors Team" and host a local radio show "Real Estate 101" that airs on Talk Radio 580AM WIBW @ 10 AM every S....

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