No, not the Disney movie. There’s nothing cute and cuddly about this Nemo. This Nemo is big, bad, and it’s got company – snow, wind and ice. Warning to U.S. Nor’Easters – This Nemo will have you thinking twice if you plan to go out. It’s a good time to be prepared.
What Is Nemo?
First, what is Nemo? According to The Weather Channel (TWC) Website, NEMO is “now poised to become the latest example of a powerful, potentially historic, February storm.” This massive blizzard is ready to take the stage, starting last night and possibly continuing through the weekend. Snow, wind, rain and hail – it’s no fairytale for the people who will be living through it. Nemo’s about to start the party – and it isn’t one that will be forgotten in the near future.
Who’s Going to Be Hit by Nemo?
According to TWC website, “The heaviest snow totals by early Sunday morning are expected in New England from coastal Maine to Connecticut, as well as parts of Upstate New York, where over one foot of snow is expected! Some locations, particularly in coastal New England, may top two feet of storm-total snow!” So if you live in the north eastern states, you better watch out, because Nemo’s on its way to your door! Apparently, the following cities and their areas are in for loads of snow and and nasty weather:
- New York City
- Portland (Maine)
Get Ready for Pesky Winter Storms and Blizzards!
Here’s the best part – natural disasters are a fact of life, but you have the choice to prepare in advance! Follow these handy tips and be sure that you’ve done your part prepping for unexpected (and expected) winter storms and blizzards:
- Check to make sure you have ways to stay warm: do you use an electric heater, or a wood stove? Do you have backup heat in case the power goes out? Make sure you prepare for power outages and keep on top of your heat sources!
- Store food in advance! There are ample food storage resources on the Internet, from canning, to drying, to freezing!
- Have a way to cook your stored food: frozen chicken isn’t going to do you any good if it’s raw, so make sure you have a way to cook it, or just cook it in advance and then freeze it. A wood stove is a great way to cook food off-the-grid, but make sure you do what’s best for you and your family. Even keeping an extra camping stove around for emergencies will help.
- Tread that winter ground safely! Believe it or not, there is a special technique to walking on snowy/icy ground. Walking on ice is not easy, but with ice shoes you’ll be safer.
All That’s Left is to… Wait
You can’t stop a storm. You can’t stop a tornado. You most definitely can NOT stop a blizzard. But you can prepare. You can stock up, prepare the people around you, and do your best to survive through hard times. Remember, Smart Moms Are Prepared for Anything!!
Are you ready for Nemo?