Before a Winter Storm
Weather forecasts usually let you know ahead of time if there is a winter storm coming.
If a winter storm is coming:
- Prepare an emergency kit.
- Avoid driving and make sure you have food and supplies to last you a few days without electricity or phone service.
If there is snow:
- Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
- Fully winterize your vehicle and keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
- Include adequate clothing and blankets in your disaster supply kit to keep you warm.
During a Winter Storm
- Allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.
- Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
- Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
- If you must be out on roadways, let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
After a Winter Storm
If caught out on roadways:
- Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna for rescuers to see.
- Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes do not back up into the car.
- Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running so you can be seen.
- As you sit in your car, move your arms and legs to keep blood circulating and to stay warm.
- Keep one window, away from the blowing wind, slightly open to let in air.