There's a Winter Storm watch that's been issued for Orange County, NY.  The snow is expected to start tonight around midnight, and taper off before Sunday morning. This is the time of year when it pays to be prepared.  By this time of year, I mean, the Nor'Easter time of year!  Snow storms can wreak havoc on everything from freezing the pipes in your home, knocking out power lines, and making driving conditions treacherous!  As an Insurance Specialist, it is my job to make sure folks are informed and educated on how to be prepared. 

My Digital Insurance Office has a special page dedicated to Winter Weather.  There's a live weather feed and tips on how to stay safe and what you need to do to prepare. There's so many things to think about to avoid damage to your home, vehicle, and surrounding area. 

A couple things to consider when a winter storm is approaching:

1.  Make sure you have a good family communication plan. Make sure you have someone in your cell phone as your "ICE" contact- (In Case Of Emergency).  Also, place a card in your children's wallets with yours & other family member's contact information, in case their cell phone doesn't have battery or is not accessible.  Check with your children's schools/daycare and be aware of their emergency plan in case of winter weather.  And remember, if the networks are overwhelmed with people trying to make phone calls, text messages almost always go through during network overload.

2.  A basic emergency supply kit for your home in the event you lose power is essential.  You should always have one handy- in a pantry, cupboard or storage room or somewhere it is easily accessible in the event of a power outage.  Some of the things you should include in your supply kit are: first aid kit, approximately a three day supply of food and water for each person (and your pets if applicable), battery operated radio and flashlights along with backup batteries, a solar cell phone charger (if possible), warm blankets and jackets, sanitation items such as baby wipes, trash bags with plastic ties, make sure your gas tank in your vehicle is full to avoid the gas line in your car from freezing, and anything else you deem necessary. 

Remember, I am here to help.  If there's anything myself or my trusted team of professionals can do for you, please let us know!  Stay safe and drive carefully!