• Regularly stay informed by following the news.
  • Prepare! Don't let a winter storm take you by surprise, your emergency kit should include:
    • Flashlight and extra batteries.
    • Extra food and water such as dried fruit, nuts and granola bars, and other food requiring no cooking or refrigeration.
    • Extra prescription medicine.
    • First-aid supplies.
  • If you need additional heat source, consider using the following: Fireplace, wood stove or space heater. Make sure they are properly ventilated to prevent a fire.


If you're outside:

  • Find Shelter: Try to stay dry and cover all exposed body parts.
  • Move extremities to keep blood circulating and to keep warm. Avoid overexertion as sweat could lead to a chill and hypothermia.
  • Learn how to walk like a penguin.

If your heat goes out:

  • Close off unneeded rooms to avoid wasting heat.
  • Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors.
  • Close blinds or curtains to keep in heat.
  • Eat and drink. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat. Drinks lots of water and other non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic drinks to prevent dehydration. Cold air is very dry.
  • Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Remove layers to avoid overheating, perspiration and subsequent chill.


  • Check local news for updated information on road conditions.
  • Watch out for black ice. It is most dangerous in the early morning due to below freezing nighttime temperatures.
  • Follow the instructions of local agencies to allow them to clear snow, as quickly and efficiently as possible.