In Western New York, you never know when winter weather is going to hit. Preparing for winter requires some special consideration for those who are homebound.
Pre-planning: Before bad weather hits, make sure you have an emergency supply of non-perishable food. You should have at least a three day supply of bottled water and may also want to include:
- Peanut butter
- Canned tuna
- Canned soup
- Canned vegetables
- Salt-free crackers
- Nuts and trail mixes
- Granola bars
Everyone should have a manual can opener and disposable plates and utensils in the event of electricity or water outages.
Electricity outages: If your electricity goes out it is important to use up food in the appropriate order to ensure food safety and keep as long a supply as possible.
- FIRST use perishable foods from the refrigerator
- SECOND use foods from the freezer
- THIRD use your emergency food supplies
Cancellations: Meals on Wheels for WNY prides itself on delivering meals to those in need in all weather conditions. In the rare event that service needs to be cancelled you will see “Meals on Wheels for WNY” listed on the cancellations for TV channels 2, 4 and 7 and on WBEN radio (AM 930).
By preparing for winter in advance, everyone can remain safe and well fed in the event of emergencies.