Before the weather outside becomes frightful, use this checklist to prepare for a winter storm.

Food and water

Water — at least a three-day supply; one gallon per person, per day

Food — at least a three-day supply of non-perishable, high-energy, easy-to-prepare foods

Baby formula and food

Pet food

TIP #1 – Set your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings in case the power goes out.

Heating and lighting

Extra blankets

Generator and gas to run for 24+ hours


Flashlights and extra batteries

Alternate supplies for heating methods, such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves

Fire extinguisher

TIP #2 – Never use a generator inside. Place it outside where exhaust fumes can’t enter through windows, doors or cracks.


Fully charged cell phones, tablets, etc.

Battery-powered or hand-crank radio

Extra batteries

TIP #3 – Tempted to play games on your phone during the storm? Save the charge in case there’s an emergency.

Shovels and tools

Shovels and tools for clearing snow and ice

Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery

Snow blower gassed (start it to ensure it’s ready)

TIP #4 – A roof rake can help prevent structural and water damage to your home.

Medical and personal hygiene

Medications — have at least a seven-day supply

Medical items — hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.

Sanitation and personal hygiene items

Baby diapers and wipes

First aid kit

TIP #5 – If you are low on medications, visit your pharmacy to ensure you have enough for one week.

Important information

Family and emergency contact information

Copies of personal documents

Extra cash — in case there is no power (no ATM)

TIP #6 – Have the phone numbers of your independent insurance agent and insurance company should you need to file a claim.

We hope these tips were helpful in preparing for the colder, snowy days ahead. North American Underwriters is an independent insurance agent located in Farmington, CT and Hamden, CT. We can provide coverage from many insurance carriers so you receive the insurance for your budget and needs! You can reach us at 860-674-4000 or online at

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