Know your risk for Winter Storms. Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Listen for emergency information and alerts.
Preparing for Winter Weather
Prepare your home NOW to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups. In case of a power outage, go to a designated warming location with power if you can do so safely. If you plan to shelter in place, gather supplies ahead of time for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication, baby formula & feminine products. Remember the needs of your pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights. In the event of impending severe winter weather, keep your vehicles & generators fueled.
Winter Emergency Home Kit can include:
- Water (1 gallon per person per day for several days)
- Food (3-5 days of non-perishable food is recommended)
- Manual can opener (the power may be out)
- Flashlights & batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Baby Wipes & plastic bags (sanitation in case water is out)
- Wrench or Pliers (to turn off utilities if needed)
- Cell Phone Back up batteries
- Sleeping Bags for extra warmth
- Fire Extinguisher
- Fire Wood & matches
- Baby Formula and/or Pet food
- Family’s Medications
- Feminine Products
- Paper plates/bowls & plastic utensils
- Books, board games, puzzles
- Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, then stay inside.
- Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
- Reduce the risk of a heart attack by avoiding overexertion when shoveling snow and walking in the snow.
Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stove or oven.