How To Prepare For A Winter Storm
- Make sure you have a 3 day supply of water (3 gallons per person) and easy to prepare food.
- Make sure you have fire extinguishers in your home and that everyone knows how to use them. House fires are much more common during winter storms as people turn to alternative heat sources
- Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio so you can stay aware of the situation if your other communication sources are cut off. Make sure it is battery operated and that you have extra batteries.
- Make sure you have a good shovel. You may need to dig yourself out before help gets there. Or you simply may need to dig out your car!
- Purchase a supply of flashlights (with batteries) and candles. And if you run out there are some creative items to use as candles... Like coloring crayons
- Clean and inspect your chimney if you have one. Make sure you have a supply of wood close
- Make sure you have a generous supply of blankets. If your power goes out, you will need as many as you can get!
- Clear rain gutters and repair roof leaks.
- Have an alternate way of cooking. A small camp stove works well for short-term emergencies. You may also consider a butane stove which is safe to use indoors (with a cracked window). Make sure that whatever you choose that you have enough fuel. Cook in a well-ventilated garage (like with the door open) to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. The risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increases during winter storms as people use substitute heat sources.
- Put weather-stripping on any drafty doors or windows.
- Purchase rock salt to help you keep walkways safe.
- Install good winter tires on your car and make sure the wipers work well.
- Consider purchasing a supply of heat packs in case you need to go outside.