Be Prepared...Before the Storm Strikes
At home and at work...
Primary concerns are the potential loss of heat, power, telephone service, and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day.
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Battery powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information
- Extra food and water
- Extra medicine and baby items
- First aid supplies
- Heating fuel. Fuel carriers may not be able to reach you for several days
- Emergency heating source, such as a fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc. Be sure to properly ventilate alternate heat sources
- Fire extinguisher and smoke detector.
In cars and trucks...
- Plan your travel and check the latest weather reports to avoid the storm!
- Fully check and winterize your vehicle before the winter season begins
- Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the gas tank and fuel lines
- Try not to travel alone
- Let someone know your timetable and primary and alternative routes
- Carry a inter-storm survival kit:
- Extra clothing, blankets, sleeping bags
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Water and non-perishable food
- Large can with plastic bags and tissues for sanitary purposes
- Sack of sand or cat litter, shovel
- Windshield scraper and brush
- Tool kit with rope and knife
- Booster cables
- Compass and road map
On the farm...
- Move the animals to sheltered areas
- Haul extra feed to nearby feeding areas
- Have a water supply available. Most animal deaths in winter storms are from dehydration
See also Winter Preparedness.