To prepare for a winter storm you can do the following:

  • Use rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways.

  • Wear adequate clothing and use blankets to keep you warm.

  • Make a Family Communications Plan. Your friends and family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.

  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS). Be alert to changing weather conditions.

  • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

  • Winterize your car, including a battery check, antifreeze, oil level and tires. Check thermostat, ignition system, lights, hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, defroster and brakes. Snow tires are recommended, and chains may be required in certain conditions, especially in the mountains.  Always keep your gas tank at least half full.

  • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a winter emergency kit in your vehicle that includes:

    • Shovel

    • Windshield scraper

    • Battery-powered radio

    • Flashlight and extra batteries

    • Water

    • Snack food

    • Hat and mittens or gloves

    • Heavy blanket

    • Tow chain or rope

    • Tire chains

    • Bag of road salt and/or sand

    • Brightly colored distress flag

    • Booster cables

    • Road maps

    • Emergency reflectors