Before a Winter Storm Strikes
- Monitor National Weather Service forecasts, statements, watches, and warnings for the latest information on a developing winter storm. National Weather Service websites and NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards provide a direct link to this information.
- Winterize your vehicle. Keep antifreeze fresh. Assure you have a strong car battery. Use snow tires.
- Keep a winter survival kit in your car.
- Winterize your home by installing storm windows, adequate insulation and caulking, and weather-stripping doors and windows.
- Stock extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
- Consider a safe alternate heat source, and keep a ready supply of fuel.
During a Winter Storm
- Listen to NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, local radio, or television, or monitor National Weather Service websites for the latest weather reports and emergency information.
- If you plan to be outside, dress in layered clothing and avoid over-exertion.
- Wear a hat; most body heat is lost through the top of the head.
- If your vehicle becomes stranded, stay with it until help arrives. Do not try to walk for help during a winter storm, as conditions may suddenly worsen with little advance warning.