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Be Prepared for Thursday's Snow Storm With These Resources and Tips

The St. Louis area is expected to get anywhere from 1-6 inches of snow and freezing rain when a major storm moves through the area Thursday.

With a severe winter storm warning now in effect for all of St. Louis, it's important to be prepared in case of an emergency situation, particularly a loss of power. 

Up to 6 inches of snow and freezing rain is expected for the metro area, so here are five resources that can come in handy when the storm hits Thursday morning. 

Batteries Plus in St. Louis provided the following recommendations of items for consumers to have on hand in the event of a power outage.

  • Two flashlights that run on AA or AAA alkaline batteries or a supply of alkaline batteries (alkaline batteries typically have a shelf of life of 8-10 years, so it’s good to have plenty on hand)
  • Lantern-style flashlight or a larger flashlight using two or three D-size batteries to give off more light and for a longer period of time
  • Manual or battery powered can opener
  • Watch with working battery
  • Battery-powered weather radio and/or transistor radio
  • UPS backup system attached to the home computer (smart to do at any time, not just emergencies)
  • Power inverter, which enables consumers to power their TV or other electronic items from their car, if necessary. However, do not run the car or any gasoline generator in the garage as the carbon monoxide poisoning could prove fatal.
  • Cell phone charger that can plug into a car, so communication remains possible without electricity
  • Working batteries in smoke detectors and emergency exit signs

Batteries Plus has locations in Creve Coeur, Chesterfield, Ballwin, Florissant, St. Peters, South County and in Fairview Heights, Ill.

PaulRevere's Mom February 20, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Oh my goodness! I better bring in the cats.

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