Make Sure Your is Home Winter Ready
Prepare your home 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.
Keep Extra Supplies
Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
Pay Attention to Weather Reports
Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts. Also, know your area’s risk for winter storms. Extreme winter weather can leave communities without utilities or other services for long periods of time.
Create a Vehicle Emergency Supply Kit
Keep jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks in the car. Keep the gas tank full. Learn the signs of, and basic treatments for, frostbite and hypothermia.