Freezing rain, snow, and howling winds can transform a cool arctic blast into a dangerous winter storm. And while it can wreak havoc on the unprepared, knowing what to do before, during, and after the storm is the best way to stay safe. Here are some helpful tips that will help you protect yourself and your home.
Before the Storm
· In addition to the water and food, make sure you have a first aid kit and enough medication and
personal hygiene supplies to last a week.
· Pull together copies of important personal documents (birth certificates, insurance policies,
· Compile a list of family and emergency contact information.
· Ensure your cell phone is fully charged.
· Detach outdoor garden hoses to prevent frozen pipes.
· Get a battery-powered or hand-crank weather radio.
· Double-check your fireplace or wood-burning stove to ensure it's operational.
· If you have a generator, top off its fuel supply.
During the Storm
· Stay inside until the storm passes. If you must travel, make sure your car is equipped with an
· To prevent pipes from freezing, open a faucet to allow water to trickle through them.
If you are forced to turn off the water, open the lowest faucet to drain the pipes.
· If your primary heating source is inoperable, DO NOT OPERATE A GRILL, GAS STOVE,
PROPANE OR CHARCOAL HEATING UNIT INSIDE AN ENCLOSED AREA.
After the Storm
· Check on your neighbors.
· Make sure you're physically capable of performing strenuous tasks in cold weather.
· To prevent limb breakage, use a soft broom to gently lift branches and remove snow from trees.
· Take pictures of any damage your home or property may have suffered. Contact your insurance
agent as soon as possible.
· Contact a home improvement pro if your home has been damaged.