- 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.