How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

As we navigate the various seasons, it’s always wise to be prepared for unexpected situations that may arise. While there might not be any immediate weather concerns, having a plan in place for potential emergencies is a good practice. Here are some general tips to help you stay prepared and ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones throughout the year:

  1. Vehicle Preparation:
    • Ensure your gas tank is full to prevent the fuel line from freezing.
    • Use major streets or highways for travel, as they are cleared first.
    • Drive slowly, considering the longer stopping distance on snow and ice.
    • If skidding, steer in the desired direction and straighten the wheel when the car moves accordingly.
    • Keep contact information for a local towing service in your car.
  2. Home Insulation:
    • Install storm windows or use plastic to cover windows from the inside to keep cold air out.
  3. Supply Kit:
    • Water: Maintain at least a 3-day supply (one gallon per person per day).
    • Food: Keep a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items.
    • Flashlight and extra batteries.
    • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (preferably NOAA Weather Radio).
    • First aid kit.
    • Cell phone with chargers.
    • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl).
    • Tools/supplies for securing your home.
    • Sand, rock salt, or non-clumping kitty litter for less slippery walkways.
    • Warm clothing, including coats, gloves, hats, boots, and extra blankets.
  4. Pet Safety:
    • Bring pets inside during cold weather.
    • Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with access to non-frozen drinking water.
    • Wipe pet paws after exposure to salt and chemicals used for melting snow and ice.
    • Store antifreeze out of reach, as it is a deadly poison.

Remember to stay indoors whenever possible and prioritize the safety of your family by following these general guidelines!