Before the storm strikes, make sure your home, office and vehicles have the supplies you might need. Make sure farm animals and pets also have the essentials they will need.
At Home and Work
Primary concerns are loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day. Have available:
◾Flashlight and extra batteries
◾Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information
◾Extra food and water such as dried fruit, nuts and granola bars, and other food requiring no cooking or refrigeration.
◾Extra prescription medicine
◾Baby items such as diapers and formula
◾Heating fuel: refuel before you are empty; fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a winter storm
◾Emergency heat source: fireplace, wood stove, space heater, properly ventilated to prevent a fire
◾Fire extinguisher, smoke alarm; test smoke alarms once a month to ensure they work properly
◾Extra pet food and warm shelter for pets
Plan your travel and check the latest weather reports to avoid the storm! Fully check and winterize your vehicle before the winter season begins. Carry a Winter Storm Survival Kit:
◾Mobile phone, charger, batteries
◾Flashlight with extra batteries
◾High-calorie, non-perishable food
◾Extra clothing to keep dry
◾Large empty can to use as emergency toilet. Tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes
◾Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water
◾Sack of sand or cat litter for traction
◾Windshield scraper and brush
◾Battery booster cables
◾Candle and matches. Not only will the candle provide light if your flashlight dies, it can provide lifesaving heat.
◾Compass and road maps (don’t depend on mobile devices)
Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Avoid traveling alone. Let someone know your timetable and primary and alternate routes.