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Simple Tips for Winter Storm Preparation

Staying warm and secure during bitterly cold temperatures or winter storms can be difficult. Cold temperatures, power outages, loss of communication services, and icy roads are all potential effects of winter storms. You should be aware of how to get your house and car ready before a winter storm hits in order to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Ahead of the Storm:

  • Prepare an emergency heat supply before the storm in case the power goes out.
  • Prepare the car, the battery-operated equipment, the food, the fuel for the heater, and other supplies.
  • Make a winter emergency kit. Blankets or sleeping bags, flares, high-energy foods (MREs), a first aid kit, flashlights, extra batteries, extra clothing, knives, a compass, emergency candles and matches, maps, jumper cables, tow chains, shovels, windshield scrapers, and sacks of sand should all be kept in your vehicle.
  • In the event that you become stranded during a winter storm, your car will help keep you warm, visible, and alive. A lit candle will aid in preventing frostbite, but keep in mind to keep a window slightly ajar for ventilation.
  • Maintain a full fuel tank in your car.

Both during and following the storm:

  • Dress in layers. Put on several layers of loose-fitting, protective clothing, along with scarves, mittens, and hoods. To protect the lungs from extremely cold air, cover the mouth and nose.
  • Avoid traveling, but if you find yourself stranded, stay in your car and keep it ventilated, dress warmly, light an emergency candle, change positions occasionally, and don't worry.
  • Prevent overdoing it. Major causes of fatalities during and following winter storms include heart attacks. Snow shoveling and releasing stuck vehicles can be very taxing tasks. Don't over extend yourself.
  • The chill factor should be considered if winds are present.
  • Be ready for home isolation. In case a storm isolates you and makes it impossible for you to leave your home, if you live in a rural area, make sure you can survive there for a week or more.


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