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How to Prepare Before a Winter Storm

According the FEMA, the steps to prepare for a Winter storm are relatively simple - what is NOT simple is getting people to realize they are at risk - everywhere, nationwide... not just in the areas known for snow, ice, and extreme cold. (As we often remind our readers, too, getting people to under stand that the word PREpare means before, not during is quite a challenge as well.)

Winter Storms” include all events identified by NOAA as blizzard, heavy snow, ice storm, lake-effect snow, winter storm, or winter weather. Get Weather Ready and prep now for the coming storms...

Prepare now in case a winter storm hits and you are home for several days without power and heat.
  • Prepare by gathering emergency supplies, making a family plan, and discussing emergency
  • notifications and expectations with your workplace and/or schools.
  • Install battery-powered or battery back-up carbon monoxide detectors.
  • If you have access to an OUTSIDE generator, have an electric cord long enough to keep the generator at least 20 feet from any door, window, or vent.
  • Make specific plans for how you will avoid driving.
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions using local alerts, radio, Wireless Emergency Alerts, and other news sources for information and instructions.
  • See our Winter Safety Gear
Average Number of Storms per Year per County from 1996-2013 Average Number of Storms per Year per County from 1996-2013
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