Home & Family
Prepare your home and family
-Prepare for possible isolation in your home by having sufficient heating fuel; regular fuel sources
may be cut off. For example, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
-Winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.
-Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment. Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
-Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic, and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.
-Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
-Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
-Know ahead of time what you should do to help elderly or disabled friends, family members, or neighbors.
-Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow - or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.
Dress for the Weather
-Wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight; warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water-repellent.
-Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
-Wear a hat.
-Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
Prepare your Vehicle
Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:
Place a winter emergency kit in each car that includes: