Just three months into the new year, it really hasn’t taken very long to be reminded of what Mother Nature is capable of. Perhaps nowhere has weather’s wrath been more apparent than in the New England region.
In February, for example, Boston saw more snow than it has in any month in history, totaling more than 90 inches, according to the National Weather Service. In fact, over a period of 21 days last month, Boston homeowners and business owners saw more snow than Chicago has ever had in an entire winter!
Accompanying what seemed to be an endless cycle of snow storms were bitter cold temperatures. As of Feb. 18, Boston had been at or above freezing for a grand total of 28 hours in the entire month, based on NWS data.
With only a few days left in the cold weather season, temperatures are expected to improve, as is normally the case when spring rolls around. But with much of the United States covered in snow, the risk of flooding may present itself in the days ahead, depending on how quickly the ground thaws out.
With this being National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, you may want to take some time over the next few days to build a basic disaster supplies kit. In the past five years, all 50 states have experienced flooding of some kind, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Of course, the hope is that no one will have to deal with the effects of high water levels, but having an emergency supplies kit will give you the tools you need to deal with disasters like flooding. It will also help set you up for other weather-based catastrophes that are more common in the summer, such as tornadoes if you live in the Midwest and hurricanes if you live along the coast.
What should go into an emergency preparedness kit
Generally speaking, a disaster supplies kit should have enough resources to last you three days for everyone that’s in your family. For instance, each person should have about one gallon of water per day, as well as a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Canned goods, trail mix and pre-packaged meals are the ideal foods to include, as they’re resistant to spoilage.
Other important items to have in your emergency preparedness kit includes a flashlight with extra batteries, a manual can opener for food, moist towelettes, maps, contact numbers for people that are important to reach when there’s a disaster and a battery-powered radio so you can tune into any alerts that are broadcast over the airwaves.
You should also have a first-aid kit in the event you or someone in your family is injured. Adhesive bandages, ointments for burns, eye wash, scissors, latex gloves, bar soap, over-the-counter and prescription-based medicines as well as a pair of tweezers are some of the most useful things to be sure your first-aid kit is supplied with.
Ready.gov has other tips that will help you prepare for whatever Mother Nature has in store with more than two-thirds of the year remaining.
This article was originally posted on Selective.com