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Winter Preparedness Checklist

Winter storms can make navigating roads and walkways hazardous; while power outages and snow days highlight any family's readiness for cold weather.

Take the time now to review your family's emergency preparedness with this Winter Preparedness Checklist. It'll help you prepare your home and automobile for coldweather hazards and keep you safe this winter.

Out and About

Will your home welcome winter visitors safely? Get ready for snow, ice or rain on walks and driveways by stocking up on these cold-weather basics.

  • Snow shovel
  • Deicing compound
  • Waterproof floor mats

The Inside Story

Household emergency supplies should include enough food, water and supplies to last four days without power or help. Check your home emergency kit against this basic checklist.

  •  Food that doesn't require heating or refrigeration, such as canned meats, soups and stews, cereal, and energy bars
  • 1 gallon of water per person per day (allow enough for four days)
  • Blanket and cold-weather clothing for each family member
  • Pet food and additional water for household pets
  • Manual can opener
  • Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Battery-powered radio and battery-powered clock
  • First Aid Kit
  • 4-day supply of prescription medicines

On The Road

Winter transportation can mean coping with ice, snow, and hazardous roads. Road conditions can change in an instant. Before traveling, give cars a winter preparedness exam.

  • Check antifreeze
  • Check and replace older batteries
  • Full gas tank
  • Check tires and spare tire for proper inflation

Make sure automobiles also contain emergency supplies such as chains, blankets, flashlights, etc. Be sure to include emergency food and clothing for each traveler. Pack supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency backpack in case you need to abandon your car.

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