How to Prepare for a Winter Storm
Winter storms can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, ice, snow, high winds, or a combination of all of these conditions. This guide from FEMA is designed to help you properly prepare for a winter storm and know how to protect yourself before, during, and after one.
Planning and preparing can make a big difference in safety and resiliency in the wake of a winter storm. The ability to maintain or quickly recover following a winter storm requires a focus on preparedness, advanced planning, and knowing what to do in the event of a winter storm.
Sign up for local alerts and warnings.
Create and test emergency communication plan(s).
Stock emergency supplies, and install battery-powered or battery backed-up carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors.
Winterize your home.
Review your property insurance, and safeguard critical documents.
Get trained on specific needs your family may have. Also, consider joining your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Identify a place nearby where you can safely warm up should you lose heat in your home.
*Find out more tips on what to do during the storm and after to ensure safety and survival at Fema.gov.