Boston Blizzard Safety Tips: Nemo
By now, everyone in New England has heard about the massive winter storm set to dump snow from Friday morning until Saturday night. There is always a ton of hype over winter storms. but this system has the potential to be historic. Mayor Menino has already closed Boston schools and urged workers to stay home Friday while declaring a snow emergency after noon on Friday.
Worrying reports of the storm dubbed Nemo (be ready for the puns in the coming days) surfaced Tuesday, but many meteorologists were unsure of the severity of the storm. By Wednesday, the prediction came: a textbook nor’easter combining precipitation from the south and cold air from the north. Snow forecasts have been bumped from 6 inches and we’re now looking at up to 2 feet of snow.
This storm has the potential to cripple the region for at 48 hours, so make sure that you have an emergency plan and supplies taken care of. Take a look at the suggested emergency kit for winter storms, and follow our rules for staying safe this weekend.
Winter storms tips
- Get your supplies ASAP – by Friday afternoon the snow will be too heavy for travel, so make sure to get your errands done as early as you possibly can. Keep an emergency kit in your car, and get a battery operated radio if you can. Store water.
- Batten down the hatches - bring everything from your lawn into the garage. Get your snow shovels, sand/salt, and any emergency supplies into place for Friday and Saturday. Prepare insulation for pipes and store extra water.
- Stay warm - blankets, extra clothing, fuel for heating: make sure you have everything you need should the power go out.
- Make a plan - talk with friends and family and arrange a way to communicate during the storm if the power goes. Charge your devices.
- Don’t work too hard - over-exertion can be very dangerous in freezing temperatures. Be sure to take breaks to warm up when shoveling; you’ll be facing a lot of snow.
- Stay dry - when clothing gets wet it does not insulate well. This can lead to hypothermia and frostbite if not properly addressed.
- Conserve - save your energy, food, water, fuel. Close off areas of your house that don’t need heat and plan for a weekend without power.
- Watch pipes - it’s extremely important to keep your pipes from freezing. If they do freeze, open all faucets, remove insulation, cover the pipes with rags and then pour hot water over the pipes.
We will try to update this page with developments as long as we can. Stay safe and stay warm.