October 20, 2020

Winter Preparedness Tips

Winter Preparedness


A winter storm occurs when there is significant precipitation and the temperature is low enough that the precipitation forms as sleet or snow, or when rain turns to ice. A winter storm can range from freezing rain and ice, to moderate snowfall over a few hours, to a blizzard that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures. For more information go to Winter Storms & Extreme Cold.   https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather


  • Have a disaster emergency kit
  • Make a communications plan. Your family may not be together so it is important to know how you will contact one another
  • Discuss emergency notification plans with workplace and/or schools
  • Download FEMA’s Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings for a summary of notifications
  • Install battery-powered or battery back-up carbon monoxide detectors
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions using local alerts, radio, and other news sources for information and instructions
  • Bring pets inside
  • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supply kit in your vehicle


  • Stay indoors as much as possible
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothes to avoid loss of body heat
  • If power goes out, close off unused rooms to consolidate and retain heat
  • Do not heat a home with a stove or outdoor cooking equipment (e.g., grill, camp stove)
  • If driving is absolutely necessary, keep a disaster supply kit in your vehicle
  • If you are outdoors, protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing several layers of warm, loose fitting clothing
  • If you do not have adequate supplies to stay warm in your home and you can get there safely, you may want to go to a shelter