• Post last modified:October 5, 2020
  • Post category:safety tips

Treacherous winter weather and extreme cold are two things we should take very seriously. One storm can leave you out of food, power, and even water if you aren’t prepared. Before winter approaches, and conditions like this become a threat, it is important that you are ready for whatever comes your way. Today we’re going to review some things that you can do to prepare  for severe weather.

Your Emergency Kit

You should have the following supplies readily available during and after a storm:

  • Rock salt to melt ice on walkways
  • Sand to help traction
  • Shovels and other snow removal equipment
  • Dry seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood stove
  • Clothing and blankets for warmth  
  • Non perishable food items that don’t require cooking
  • Bottles of water
  • Flashlights and candles
  • Extra batteries
  • Generator


Make sure you and your family have a
communication plan incase you are not together during severe weather. Sign up in advance with your local emergency services to receive their notifications. It would also be a great idea to have useful resources (like the ones FEMA provides) on hand as well as apps for emergencies like the ones provided by FEMA and the American Red Cross.

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Severe Weather and Your Vehicle

When bad weather hits, you may be on the road. In this case you must make sure your vehicle is winter ready. Be sure to check the following things on your car to avoid running into problems on the wintery roads:

  • Antifreeze levels
  • Battery & ignition system
  • Brakes & brake fluid
  • Exhaust system
  • Fuel & air filters (use additives and maintain a full tank of gas)
  • Heater & Defroster
  • Lights
  • Oil levels
  • Thermostat
  • Windshield wipers & fluid
  • Tires (install good winter tires)

Inside of your vehicle should be an emergency kit with the following items:

  • A shovel, windshield scraper, and small broom
  • Flashlight
  • Battery powered radio
  • Fluorescent distress flag
  • Emergency flares
  • Booster cables
  • Road salt & sand
  • Tow chain/rope
  • Blanket(s)
  • Necessary medications
  • First aid kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Extra clothes, hat, and gloves
  • Matches
  • Snack food
  • Water
  • Extra batteries
  • Cash

Don’t wait until the storm is coming to get ready, do it now! Share this blog with friends and family to help them with their winter storm preparation.