(photo from internet)
is predicted for
most of Missouri.
It is Mid- January and
Old Man Winter is coming to our area with force.
No one likes Ice - I much prefer snow. But the amount of snow that is falling in the Rocky's I would not want that much either. The link above is to the Weather Channel website. They have great information and tips on keeping Safe & Warm. They will keep you updated on the Winter Storm!
Stay home and off the Roads - No need to get out!
The United States (Mid West) is bracing for the winter storm - Jupiter for tonight (1-12-2017) thru Sunday (1-15-2017). It is hard to prepare to be without electric for some time. They are predicting Wide Area Outages with the amount of ice that is expected from 1/4 inch to an Inch. If you can afford a generator it would be nice to get one so you can atleast have heat in one room of the house. If you have a basement consider staying in it, simply because the heat that you may have would help keep your pipes from freezing.
Some items that would be helpful to have on hand - for emergencies - in case of Outages of Electric in your area or if Roads are inpassable.
Ice Melt (salt), Shovels, Flashlights, extra batteries, Lanterns, Oil lamps, bring in some wood for that fireplace or wood stove, Water for drinking, Water for such things as flushing toliet, etc. You could fill a bathtub up for the later item. Battery operated radio for updates, heater (propane or kereosene) (Use in a ventilated area), GENERATOR if possible. Medications, blankets, Sandwich meat, bread, milk, snacks.
If your household has more than one cell phone. Charge them all up then turn them all off except for one - then if electric goes out then use one at a time for emergencies. Let your family know what order you will use the phones so they can reach you. You may not have cell service due to the icing in your area. Be prepared. This is when a landline might be helpful.
There is no way to say for certain how much ICE you will receive in your area but it always best to be prepared. If it possible stay with some family or friends. Consolidate households and enjoy some fellowship and fun times. Might as well make the best of the situation and have some fun. (checkers, chess, other board games, or cards.... Play some music if you have an acoustic instrument - sing Or just sit and talk to each other or read a book... )
Especially bring the elderly to your home and share your generator and heat with them. They can possibly share some of their childhood stories with you. And some of their experiences of past storms that they have weathered. Try to make the best of it and stay home and safe.
PLEASE NOTE: SAFETY FIRST - USE GENERATORS OUTSIDE ONLY and away from doors & windows.
Be Safe - Hopefully we will not get the amounts that they are predicting for our area in St. Louis MO surrounding area. BE SAFE
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