Be prepared!
  • Make sure that you have essentials like blankets, flashlights, a first aid kit, bottled water, and non-perishable food.  You should always have enough on hand to last everyone in the household for at least 72 hours (3 days).  For more tips on making your own "72-hour Kit," check out this site.
  • Don't forget your pets!  Your cat or dog will need food and water, too.
  • Keep your medications refilled; make sure you have at least a week's worth on hand at all times.  (Remember that bad weather can sometimes delay shipments to local pharmacies, too, so they may take longer than usual to process refills.)
  • Flashlights are preferable to candles for an emergency kit: they usually last longer, and are much less likely to start an accidental fire.  Just make sure to check your batteries!
  • Use your library card!  Before the storm hits, come in to Pinetop-Lakeside Library and stock up on free entertainment; we have books (no power needed!), movies (we bet we have at least a few you haven't seen before), audiobooks (great to listen to while you make all of those big holiday meals!), and board games (we're not responsible for any family feuds that start with a game of Monopoly) to keep you and your kids occupied inside while the snow falls outside.

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1. Check the weather forecast before you go anywhere, even just a quick run to the grocery store.
2. Be prepared!
3. If the power goes out:
4. Keep your heat source in good condition.