With a stretch of winter weather on the way, we thought it was a good idea to share these winter weather safety tips with you.

With the latest technology, we're able to stay aware of severe weather well before it hits our area. So, preparing yourself before the storm is always the best approach.

So, before the storm hits, make sure your home, work and vehicle have the supplies you might need.

Home & Work

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information
  • Extra food and water such as dried fruit, nuts and granola bars, and other food requiring no cooking or refrigeration.
  • Extra prescription medicine
  • Baby items such as diapers and formula
  • First-aid supplies
  • Heating fuel: refuel before you are empty; fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a winter storm
  • Emergency heat source: fireplace, wood stove, space heater, properly ventilated to prevent a fire
  • Fire extinguisher, smoke alarm; test smoke alarms once a month to ensure they work properly
  • Extra pet food and warm shelter for pets


  • Mobile phone, charger, batteries
  • Blankets/sleeping bags
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Firstaid kit
  • Knife
  • High-calorie, non-perishable food
  • Extra clothing to keep dry
  • Large empty can to use as emergency toilet. Tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes
  • Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water
  • Sack of sand or cat litter for traction
  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper and brush
  • Tool kit
  • Tow rope
  • Battery booster cables
  • Water container
  • Candle and matches. Not only will the candle provide light if your flashlight dies, it can provide lifesaving heat.
  • Compass and road maps (don't depend on moble devices)

[National Weather Service]

Obviously, we can't forget about the 4 P's in cold weather: People, Pets, Plants & Pipes.

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