Winter Storm

Be prepared for a winter storm by becoming familiar with the following safety tips.

Prepare Now

  • Learn meaning of a "watch" and a "warning" in order to know the importance of storm reports.
  • Have appropriate cold weather clothing.
  • Have rock salt and sand for traction in ice.
  • Equip vehicle with all season/snow tires; fill gas tank.
  • Keep emergency auto kit readily accessible.
  • Maintain sufficient heating fuel.
  • Make sure heating systems/fireplaces function properly.
  • Buy emergency heating equipment designed for indoor use.
  • Winterize your home.
  • Stock extra food and a jug for drinking water.
Act Now
  • Stay indoors until storm ends.
  • Listen to radio/television, Emergency Alert System for emergency information/instructions.
  • Do not over-exert if shoveling snow.
  • Wear warm, loose fitting, layered, light-weight, dry clothing.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Do not use charcoal or gas grills to cook/heat indoors (carbon monoxide hazard).
  • If you are in a vehicle then stay on main roads.
  • If necessary, pull off road, stay with vehicle, use hazard signals, bright distress flag.
  • If trapped in blizzard, clear tail pipe, run engine/heater 10 minute each hour; open window slightly; maintain body heat (use map, seat cover, floor mat for insulation). If it is night then keep dome light on so work crews can see vehicle.