Monday, December 9, 2013

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

As the cold weather takes over, it’s important to take steps to help you and your family members stay safe.  Below are a few tips to winterize your car and home and a supply kit list to keep you protected.

  • Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full to help prevent it from freezing.
  • Insulate your home by covering windows with plastic from the inside.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected.
  • If you are planning on going away during the cold weather, leave the heat on in your home and set the temperature no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Put Together a Supply Kit

  • Water – at least a 3 day supply, one gallon per person per day.
  • Food – at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare foods.
  • Flashlight.
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio.
  • Extra batteries.
  • First aid kit.
  • Medications – a 7 day supply.
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
  • Family emergency contact information.
  • Extra cash.
  • Baby and pet supplies.
  • Warm coats, gloves, hats, and extra blankets for all household members.


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