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Before Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

To prepare for a winter storm you should do the following:

Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your 

emergency kit: 

Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. 

Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of 

recommended products. 

Sand to improve traction. 

Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment. 

Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and 

regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, 

seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove. 

Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.

Make a Family Communications Plan.

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is 

important to know how you will contact one another, how you will 

get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency. 

A NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly 

from the NWS for all hazards. You may also sign up in advance 

to receive notifications from your local emergency services.

Download FEMA’s Be Smart.

Know Your Alerts and Warnings for a summary of notifications at: www. Free smart phone apps, such as those available from FEMA and the 

American Red Cross, provide information about finding shelters, providing first aid, and seeking 

assistance for recovery.

Minimize travel.

If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your 


Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. 

Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non- 

frozen drinking water.

Winterize Your Vehicle

Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your 


Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid 

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