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. The Cantiani Insurance Agency is an independent insurance agent located in Worcester, MA. We can provide coverage from many insurance carriers so you receive the insurance for your budget and needs! You can reach us at (508) 791-2088 or online at