#DarkNL 2.0? Better to be prepared. Written by Wedgwood Insurance Limited on 1/4/2018 6:12 AM in winter storm, be prepared. It has 0 Comments. Credit: CBC Weather Bomb. Cyclone Bomb. Snowmageddon. Geez sounds like we’re in for a rough couple of days, eh? Well, if the meteorologists are correct, we are. So, what can you do to batten down the hatches and ride out the impending storm? Wedgwood Insurance has some helpful tips to get you through the first major winter storm of 2018 as safe as possible – there’s no saving the storm chips, though. They’re as good as gone… Food & Water: Make sure you’ve got enough food & water on hand to last for a day or two in case you’re shut in, the power goes out or worse. It’s always better to be looking at it than looking for it, so keep your food supplies on hand. That said, if the power goes out, avoid opening and closing the fridge and freezer as food will spoil faster when you let out the colder air. Credit: CBC Eat regularly (bring on the Salt & Vinegars!). Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat. Having an adequate supply of ready-to-eat foods – PB&J sandwiches, fruit, nuts, granola bars, chips – is important during this time. Keep the body replenished with fluids to prevent dehydration. Drink liquids such as warm broth or juice. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine, a stimulant, accelerates the symptoms of hypothermia. Alcohol, such as brandy, is a depressant and hastens the effects of cold on the body. Your Home: Take this time to hunker down with a good book, a warm fire and enjoy some quality time. If the power goes out, turn off any unnecessary lights or appliances so that when power is restored there isn’t an undue strain on the power grid. If you’re going to use candles and / or light a fire, make sure they’re well ventilated and keep fire hazards such as drapes, furniture or other flammable items a safe distance away. Listen to a local station on battery-powered radio or television for updated emergency information. Check NL Power updates here. If you can, check on neighbors with small children or the elderly to make sure they’re OK. If you’ve got the means to keep people warm & safe in your home, consider doing so. Frozen pipes are a real risk during extended periods of no power. When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing. Remember #DarkNL? In the winter of 2014, tens of thousands of NLers went without power for days. Needless to say, there were more than a few frozen pipes and some could’ve been avoided. Vehicles: Whenever possible, stay off the roads. Let the plows and emergency services do their thing. The last thing they need to do during this busy time is to pull you out of a ditch (or worse) because you went to the corner store for more storm chips. Seriously, unless it’s an emergency, stay off the roads. If you do have to drive, make sure your vehicle is equipped with good quality winter tires (see our post earlier on this), a full tank of fuel, a scraper and it’s always smart to have a small shovel or some salt / sand on hand in the vehicle in case you get stuck. You, Your Family & Pets: Stay indoors and wear warm clothes. Layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than a bulky sweater. If you feel too warm, remove layers to avoid sweating; if you feel chilled, add layers. You may look ridiculous, but at least you’ll be warm. Wouldn’t you rather be warm than fashionable? If you’ve got pets, bring them inside. No animal should be left outside during driving winds and sub-zero temperatures. If you send an animal outside to use the bathroom, consider putting them on a leash or a lead to ensure they don’t get lost or venture too far away. Stay Safe: If you experience damage to your property or vehicle as a result of the storm, please contact us as soon as possible. For any questions about your coverage or policy, you can contact us directly or call 709-753-3210.