A winter storm can cause widespread power outages and leave you stranded at home for days without access to community services. Be better prepared this winter by following these preparedness tips.
Know Winter Storm Warning Levels
Becoming familiar with these terms will help you determine if you need to prepare for an extra-long drive to work or if you need to plan to be stuck at home for a few days.
Winter Storm Watch: There is the potential for hazardous winter weather within 36 to 48 hours
Winter Weather Advisory: Current conditions are expected to have significant impact on your day.
Winter Storm Warning: Hazardous and potentially life-threatening winter weather is currently happening or will occur within 24 hours.
Before Winter Starts
- Winterize your home and vehicles
- Put together a home emergency kit
- Purchase sand, ice melt or kitty litter to treat icy surfaces
- If you live in an area with frequent prolonged power outages, consider buying a generator
Before a Storm
- Make sure cell phones are charged
- Fill up your gas tank
- Stock up on non-perishable foods and medication
During a Storm
- Keep your thermostat a little higher than normal
- Limit travel to emergencies only
- Prevent pipes from freezing by turning the taps onto a slow drip
- Keep the fridge and freezer doors closed as much as possible to avoid food from spoiling