Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region. The results can range from isolation due to blocked roads and downed power lines, to cars and trucks sliding on icy roads
. To help prepare and cope with winter storms we recommend the following:
Prepare a Home Emergency Supply Kit- Make sure you have a battery powered AM/FM radio and a battery powered NOAA weather radio. Stock the supply kit with non-perishable food that does not need to be cooked. Store extra water in plastic bottles. Have a working flashlight with extra batteries for use during power outages (avoid using candles to reduce possible fire danger).
Winterize your Home- Insulate doors and windows. Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic.
Conserve Heat- If you have no heat in your home, close off unneeded rooms and stuff towels or rags in cracks under the doors. Cover your windows at night. If necessary wrap newspapers around pipes to act as insulation.
Wear Layered Clothing- Dress in layers of loose-fitting, light weight, warm clothes. Remove layers to avoid overheating, perspiration, and subsequent chill.
Maintain Alternate Heating Supplies- If you have a fireplace, store a good supply of dry seasoned wood. Make sure the fireplace has been serviced. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use it.