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Published on December 22, 2021

Preparing Your Family for the Weather This Winter

boy looks out window at snow

It’s officially winter! The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping, and soon we could be welcoming snow.

Before winter approaches, we encourage you to plan ahead. Planning ahead can help you and your family respond quickly and appropriately to whatever Mother Nature sends our way. The following are tips for winter preparedness.

  • Check in regularly with the National Weather Service, and take some time now to consider your readiness for winter weather.
  • Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
    • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways
    • Sand or kitty litter to improve traction
    • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment
    • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm
  • For carbon monoxide safety, never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.
    • Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors
  • We encourage you to make backup plans for child, pet, family care and others who are dependent on your availability and know where to check for school closures.
  • Give yourself extra time to get to work. Though your neighborhood might be clear, conditions may be different in other areas.
  • Make sure you have a full tank of gas in your car. Gas stations may be crowded during extreme weather, and in the case of a power failure, they cannot pump gas.
  • Know your alternate routes to school or work if you live in an area that is flood-prone or hilly.
  • Check your flashlights, alternate heat sources and generator, if you have one, to prepare for possible power outages.
  • If you have at-risk seniors in your home or neighborhood, be ready to check on them and make sure they are prepared to stay warm and have adequate supplies.

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