Prepare Before a Snowstorm
A winter storm can keep you trapped indoors for days without power. How do you prepare for a snowstorm?
Prepare your home for winter before it starts to snow. Keep your family safe and comfortable during a blizzard by having a storm plan.
- If you live in a place where it snows often enough, it is a good idea to invest in a generator. A reliable generator and fuel supply can practically save the day.
- Make a winterized emergency kit. American Red Cross has a guide you can follow.
- Inspect your chimney and have it cleaned before winter.
- Get a weather radio that can use batteries if the power goes out.
- Stock up on batteries.
- Get a sturdy shovel.
- Clean the gutters and ensure that the roof is stable.
- Check the weatherstrips on windows and doors.
- Make sure the walls and attics are insulated.
- Stock up on blankets.
- Make sure you have a fully stocked first-aid kit.
- Learn first-aid for hypothermia and frostbite.
- Make sure you have a fire extinguisher that works.
- Get sand, ice melt, or kitty litter for icy surfaces.
- Winterize your car. Fema.govhas more information on this.
What to do just before a storm:
After the National Weather Service issues a Winter Storm Watch, start taking precautions for a more significant storm.
- You'll need to stock up on fuel for the generator.
- Charge all phones, rechargeable batteries, and power banks.
- Make sure flashlights at the ready.
- Fill your gas tank and have spare gas ready.
- Make sure you have plenty of non-perishable foods and toilet paper.
- Let pets in and bring plants indoors.
- Make sure your stoves are clean and work with no issues.
- Let all faucets drip slowly and insulate exposed pipes with newspapers or other insulation materials.