Remaining indoors protected from the elements is the safest place during a winter storm. The primary concern of indoor shelter is the potential loss of heat, power, telephone service and a shortage of supplies if the storm persists for more than a day. Keep the following available:
Create a Winter Emergency Kit
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Battery powered NOAA weather radio and portable AM/FM radio
- Extra food and water, especially high energy food that requires no cooking or refrigeration such as dried fruit and canned goods (Don't forget the non-electric can opener)
- Medicine, First Aid supplies and ample baby supplies
- Emergency heating source, such as a stocked fireplace, wood stove, or space heater
- Smoke detector and fire extinguisher since the chance of fire increases dramatically using alternative heating!
Don't forget to protect the pipes in your home during freezing temperatures! Leave cupboard doors open to your kitchen sink, so warm air reaches the pipes.
Allow a steady drip of cold water to flow from the highest faucet in your home (using cold instead of hot water will save you money on your energy bill). Moving water will not freeze.
Make sure your outdoor faucets are covered to protect them from the wind, and that they're detached from hoses.
Locate your private water shut-off valve so you can be prepared to turn off your water if the pipes do freeze and burst.
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