We all know our weather can change drastically in hours, if not minutes. There are many steps you can take in prepping for winter, whether you are in the hard-hitting snow states or surrounding…
- Be alert of present and future weather conditions and forecasts.
- Have a full gas tank. It helps with unexpected delays and weighs the car down for better driving ability.
- Inform friends or relatives of your travel and expected time of arrival.
- Check the tread on tires to know they will have a good grip on the road.
- Service your car-check the systems like your radiator, antifreeze levels and windshield wiper fluid in case it gets gloomy.
- Start packing those “just in case” items; blankets, bottled water, non-perishable snacks, maps in case your phone. or GPS dies. Flashlights, batteries, a first-aid kit and of course spare tires, jumper cables, and cat litter for better traction in case you get stuck.
- Make sure your cell phone is fully charged.
- If you do get stuck, only keep your heater on for 10 minutes out of the hour to conserve energy and system– stay in your car unless a safe place is 100 yards away–call for help. (911)–stay visible!
- Don’t pass the snow plows, it’s dangerous.
- Check your heating system. Is it running properly? Have a professional double check.
- Stock wood for fireplaces or have an alternate heating source readily available.
- Batteries in all of your detectors; smoke and carbon monoxide.
- Prevent pipes from freezing by sporadically running water for 4-5 minutes.
- Check on neighbors, especially elderly during these conditions to ensure their safety.
- Check your fireplaces and chimneys, you want them clear of any debris.
- Check your gutters and repair any leaks, especially outdoors.
- Winterize! (Insulation, storm windows, draft stoppers)
- Have a backup generator and make sure it’s ready.
- Be aware of the temperature and wind chill.
- Dress appropriately in layers, hats, scarves, gloves.
- Work slowly if you’re working or doing chores outside.
- Always take a friend for outdoor recreation and let others know where you will be.
- Use common sense, if you are too cold, go inside!
From the Red Cross
Winter Storm Outlook – Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.
Winter Weather Advisory – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.
Winter Storm Watch – Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.
Winter Storm Warning – Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.