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Tom Meaglia, ChFC®

Chartered Financial Consultant

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September/October 2019

Preparing Financially for Winter

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Severe winter weather can create havoc both personally and financially, so it makes sense to prepare for the season by looking at ways to keep ice, snow and extreme cold at bay and save some money in the process.


Serious Stuff
A fluffy snowstorm may fill children with joy, but severe snow, ice and cold are not laughing matters. They can increase vehicle accidents and cause property damage, hypothermia, heart attacks and carbon monoxide poisoning. They can create power outages that last for weeks.


The following tips and the federal government website www.ready. gov/winter-weather can help you prepare and survive severe winter weather.


Prepare
Ice storms, high winter winds and heavy, wet snow can cut off your power, so it makes sense to consider your options to deal with them. Caulk leaky windows and weather-strip your exterior doors to keep the cold out and heat in. If power outages are common, consider buying a gas generator, but make sure to keep it outside your home to vent.


Make sure your storm drains are clear of debris so water can flow off your roof properly during a warm-up, and clear your walkways to prevent serious slips and falls, as well as potential financial liability. Check that you have the right amount of property and liability insurance, and consider disability income insurance.


Survive
Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working, and clear your heating system’s outdoor vents to let the poisonous gas escape. If you live in a heavy snow area, keep a roof shovel to prevent collapses. Create an emergency survival kit in case you become stranded in your vehicle.


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