Winter can mean fierce storms and dangerous conditions. We live in an area that is likely to experience severe cold and icy conditions, so the need to be prepared is critical. Keeping your home and family safe is a priority and we are here to offer a guide on how to get prepared for those winter storms.
Make a Plan
- Put together a communication and disaster plan for your family. Go over your plan with your household, so when an emergency strikes everyone will know what to do and how to communicate.
Prepare Your Home
- Prepare the inside and outside of your home for the winter weather. Performing proper maintenance and preparing your home for freezing temperatures lowers the risk of a water emergency or other damages from storms.
Emergency Car Kit
- In severe weather, it is best to not travel. If it becomes necessary to travel you will want an emergency supply kit in your car. Keep your gas tank full as often as possible.
- Severe weather can cause power outages that can last for days. In the event you are stranded in your home, you will want an adequate supply of food, water, medications, or other specific necessities. Having extra batteries on hand for flashlights and radios is also recommended.
Tune in to Weather Alerts
- Sign up for your community warning system and regularly check for weather reports and warnings. These reports often give you at least a few day’s warning to prepare. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
Have an Emergency Kit
- Make sure you have a proper emergency supply kit.
- Additions to your supply kit should include rock salt (or other deicing agents), sand for traction, snow shovels and other removal equipment, extra blankets and clothing for added warmth, and some type of alternative heating source like a fireplace or wood-burning stove with sufficient fuel ready.
- Take special care to attend to older loved ones or neighbors who may need help preparing for winter temperatures. Older adults are more susceptible to health problems caused by cold.
- Keep your pets warm by bringing them indoors and giving them shelter to stay warm. Be sure they have access to water that is not frozen.
- If a storm causes damages to your home, you may end up filing a homeowner’s insurance claim. Review your homeowners, renters, or business policies to be sure you have adequate coverage for your property and belongings.
- If you are worried about possible flooding, then be sure to purchase flood insurance. Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flood losses so an additional policy will need to be purchased.
When severe weather makes its way into town you don’t want to have to worry about keeping your home and family safe. Making early preparations for winter weather is the best way to be ready for situations that could be dangerous or destructive.
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