December has arrived and with it, a flurry of activity! So, while you are likely not thinking too much about home maintenance, you should take a bit of time to prepare for the other type of flurries that will inevitably hit us in the months ahead. Now is the time to prepare for snow in DC & our surrounding suburbs.
While you’re out holiday shopping in December, stock up on any supplies you’ll need to handle clearing winter snow, such as sidewalk salt and shovels. You will be thankful you prepared in advance, as when news of snow hits, shovels sell out fast and lines at hardware stores can be out the door! If shoveling is not your thing, look for a snowblower (you can get a quality model for just a few hundred dollars) or line up some neighborhood teens looking to earn some money!
Also, be sure to purchase a waterproof floor mat or tray like this one for wet boots and snow covered clothes to protect your flooring.
Remember to get supplies for inside in the event of a severe storm/power loss:
- food that doesn’t require heating or refrigeration (cereal, granola bars, crackers, canned soups and stew – be sure you have a manual can opener!);
- paper products, a supply of bottled water (plan on one gallon per person per day plus extra for any pets);
- flashlights (and batteries!);
- a battery-powered radio and clock;
- a first aid kit;
- at least a four day supply of all prescription medications; and
- if you have babies or young children, be sure you have enough diapers, wipes and formula on hand for a few days.
Take a moment to scan the CDC’s winter weather checklist for other excellent tips. Do you have any tips to prepare for snow in DC? We would love to hear them in the comments below.
Here’s to a White Christmas and a dry and warm winter!
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