Tips to prepare for a blizzard

blizzard-pooch-1996-copyBlizzard Juno is expected to create harsh winter weather conditions – snow, cold and wind – across much of the Mid-Atlantic.

TIPS FOR BEFORE THE STORM

Prep your car. Fill up your gas tank before the weather hits. Take a minute to check your wiper fluid level and leave your wiper blades up if your car is outside. This is also a good time to make sure you have everything you need, like kitty litter or salt, a shovel and an emergency car kit.

Prevent damage to your home from frozen pipes. Water damage is no joke. Turn the heat up if it will be especially chilly and make sure the garage door is closed. Even at the last minute, there are still steps you can take to prevent frozen pipes.

Stock up and charge up. Make sure your phone is fully charged and has emergency numbers (family, friends, the power company and the police) stored in it. And, if possible before the storm hits, pick up essentials from the store, like milk, cereal, bread and batteries.

Brings pets inside. If you have an outdoor cat or a dog that sleeps in a kennel, bring them inside. Subzero temperatures can test even the hardiest of our furry friends and cause them to seek out questionable shelters (like under the hood of a car) to find warmth.

Thank you and stay safe.