Take care: Shoveling snow can kill or injure you


“Shoveling lots of wet, heavy snow presents a real risk of heart attack if you’re not in shape to do it. And musculoskeletal injuries are even more common.” That’s a reminder from Lenny Bernstein, who offers excellent tips for shoveling safely in the Washington Post. The following short video accompanies his tips.

We also really like this great tip list from Roy Berendsohn of Popular Mechanics: 16 Cardinal Rules for Snow Shoveling. Roy also offers a handy guide to help you to choose the best tool for the type of conditions and the task: Which Snow Shovel Is the Best?

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New England Blizzard Watch Toolkit


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We’re expecting a severe weather event later today that will measure the snow in feet, not inches. According to most reports, snow will begin this afternoon, intensify during the evening, continue all day tomorrow and taper off either overnight or early Wednesday. It’s been classified as a blizzard  — and in case you need a name to curse, this storm has been dubbed “Juno.”

NWS Taunton Skywarn offers the Latest NWS Graphics on the potentially historic blizzard, noting that “Accumulating snows arrives this afternoon & impacts the late day commute across RI & Eastern MA. Then heavy snow arrives later tonight into Tue morning with historic snowfall possible before the storm pulls away late Tue night or early Wed. In addition Hurricane Force Wind gusts are likely across Cape Cod & the Islands late tonight into Tue morning. This will likely result in down tree limbs and at least scattered power outages.”

As of this morning, more than 2,000 flights have been cancelled. CNN offers info on What you need to know if you’re traveling

We’ve been tracking developments on our New England weather twitter feed, a compilation of breaking tweets from regional meteorologists – Twitter is a great source for breaking news so if you don’t have the app on your phone, you may want to think about doing that pre-storm. For a view beyond New England, meteorologist Eric Holthaus offers a go-to weather climate list of hundreds of weather watchers.

Here are resources to have handy as the storm approaches:

National Weather Service – (NWS Twitter)

State Emergency Departments – websites / Twitter feeds

Connecticut  – (@CTDEMHS)

Maine – (@MaineEMA)

Massachusetts – (@MassEMA)

New Hampshire – (@NH_HSEM)

Rhode Island – (@RhodeIslandEMA)

Vermont – (@vemvt)

Handy tips

Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide – emergency tips for before, during and after a storm

Winter Storm Preparedness – Red Cross

Power Outages During Cold Weather

Preventing frozen pipes: tips from the experts

Winter fires (PDF)

Before and after winter storms: advance planning and filing claims

Snow shoveling and snow removal safety

Sharing the road with snow plows & more winter driving tips

Are you ready for snowy, icy roads? Hone your winter driving skills

Winter Driving Tips

Crowboarding: This snow is for the birds!


This crow knows how to deal with the snow – it’s having a blast “crow”boarding down a roof. Crows and ravens really enjoy the snow – they like to take “snow baths.”

While we humans can also enjoy the snow, first and foremost, we have to take care of business. Here are some resources to help you cope.

Sharing the road with snowplows – common sense tips for driving safely near plows and heavy equipment.
Brrr… are you prepared for the cold if your car gets stranded? – if you do have to drive in storms, here is some advice on what to keep in your car emergency kit
Snow shoveling and snow removal safety – basic tips to help you avoid problems from shoveling.
Are you ready for snowy, icy roads? Hone your winter driving skills – a fun way to brush up on your seasonal skills and maybe even learn something new
Dealing with ice dams and other winter weather hazards – advice should you have ice dams or snow overload problems post storm.

Blizzard of ’13!


If you live in New England, you know that the Blizzard of ’78 is part of the local lore. You can relive that historic storm with a presentation from the Taunton MA NOAA: The Blizzard of ’78 Revisited. Hopefully, the lessons we learned then will keep us all better prepared and safer in the next few days during what is shaping up to be another historic storm: the Blizzard of ’13.
We’ve compiled some of our past posts dealing with extreme winter weather to help get you through the storm. Stay home, stay safe, keep warm, and call your agent if you have problems.
Brrrr! Extreme weather survival tips for your home, your car & you – a winter survival kit with a compilation of expert tips with advice for protecting homes, cars, and people in extreme winter weather.
Sharing the road with snowplows – common sense tips for driving safely near plows and heavy equipment.
Brrr… are you prepared for the cold if your car gets stranded? – if you do have to drive in storms, here is some advice on what to keep in your car emergency kit
Before and after winter storms: advance planning and filing claims – pointers on how to start the insurance process if your home or car suffers damage in the storm.
Snow shoveling and snow removal safety – basic tips to help you avoid problems from shoveling.
Are you ready for snowy, icy roads? Hone your winter driving skills – a fun way to brush up on your seasonal skills and maybe even learn something new
Dealing with ice dams and other winter weather hazards – advice should you have ice dams or snow overload problems post storm.
Plus, here are some links to handy resources:
State Offices of Emergency Management
Connecticut
Maine
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
Vermont
Weather.gov – Active Weather alerts – enter your zip code for local alerts

Are you ready for snowy, icy roads? Hone your winter driving skills


It’s inevitable – the first substantial storm of the year sees vehicles slipping and sliding all over the road with fender benders galore and a few cars off in snowbanks. By the end of the winter, we New Englanders have some pretty good driving skills, but it’s almost as though we all need to re-learn every year.
Here’s a fun way to brush up on your seasonal skills and maybe even learn something new: visit Michelin’s fun and informative Winter Driving Academy. It includes videos, games, quizzes, and tips on preparing your car for winter; vehicle handling basics, such as turning and braking; tips on driving in ice, slush, snow, and black ice; and information about winter tires.
Whether you need tires or not, there’s a lot of other good information on the site about tire maintenance, tire storage, and driving and safety tips.