Are you ready for the Blizzard of 2015? Winter storm Juno, besides dumping upwards of two feet of snow also carries with it powerful sustainable winds of 40-45 mph. High winds increase the chance of power outages.

A 'Blizzard Warning' means that snow and strong winds will combine to produce a blinding snow (near zero visibility), deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill. They are issued for winter storms with sustained or frequent winds of 35 mph or higher with considerable falling and/or blowing snow that frequently reduces visibility to 1/4 of a mile or less. These conditions are expected to prevail for a minimum of 3 hours.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency has the following list of basic supplies to consider for emergency storm preparations. Any time that there is a potential for extended power outages you should think about things you or a family member may need to safely get through the storm.

  • Water, 1 gallon per person per day
  • Non-perishable food and can opener
  • Radio, battery powered or hand-cranked
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Warm blankets or sleeping bag
  • Weather appropriate change of clothing, footwear and gloves
  • Sanitation items—garbage bags, ties, hand sanitizer, toilet paper
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Medications (7 days) and eye glasses
  • Cell phone and charger, coins or prepaid phone card
  • Emergency contact information
  • Cash or Traveler’s Checks
  • Local maps
  • Wrench or pliers for utility shutoff
  • Extra batteries for all devices

The Maine Department of Transportation recommends these items for your car in case you are trapped in a storm:

  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper and broom
  • Extra windshield washer fluid
  • Tire chains or traction mats
  • Healthy snacks and water
  • First aid kit
  • Blankets
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Basic tool kit
  • Good spare tire and jack
  • Flares or reflectors
  • Battery jumper cables
  • Brightly colored cloth for emergency flagging
  • Cell phone and emergency phone numbers
  • Extra boots, gloves, socks and warm hat rain or waterproof gear
  • Sand or kitty litter to help with traction if you are stuck
  • Salt to help melt ice
  • Map to help direct rescuers to your location

Here is the CMP outage information.