Before a severe snowstorm strikes, prepare home and help family members and pets stay safe by creating emergency survival kits, stocking up on nonperishable foods and water, having a supply of flashlights and batteries, and ensuring the house has a working radio. Power outages frequently occur in severe winter weather, which makes having extra warm clothing on hand essential. Stock extra supplies of fuel heating material, such as logs, wood chips and propane.
As winter approaches, prepare for winter storms by keeping adequate supplies of snow removal tools, such as salt, sand and shovels, handy and in working condition. Subscribe to national and state emergency radio alerts to receive critical storm updates. Travel should be limited during snowstorms, and bring pets indoors. Homeowners should stock pantry food items, ensure they have adequate supplies of medication and have bottled water on hand for humans and animals in the family.
As winter approaches, reduce the risk of damage to homes and vehicles by preparing them for adverse weather, too. Insulate pipes, walls and attics to seal out cold air while inspect chimneys and pipes annually to keep them running smoothly and safely. For the car, check antifreeze levels, batteries, exhaust systems and the engine for proper function. may be a good idea to put snow tires on cars for the optimal driving ability in winter weather.