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LWinter is here, and it is vital to prepare for winter storms that can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. Winter storms can create a higher risk of vehicle accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. 


Taking preparedness actions:

  • Keep an emergency supply kit in your vehicle that includes jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks.
  • Keep a full tank of gas and, if possible, have a professional check your battery, anti-freeze, and cooling system.
  • Gather emergency supplies for the home if you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication.
  • Remember the needs of your pets.
  • Prepare your home by insulating, caulking, and weather stripping.
  • Test all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms.
  • Sign up for your locality’s alert system through the emergency management office for the locality.

During a winter storm, you can also stay safe by doing the following:


  •  Stay off the roads.
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly.
  • Limit your time outside.
  • Prepare for power outages.
  •  Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  •  Reduce the risk of heart attack by avoiding overexertion when shoveling snow.
  • Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
  • While staying safe from COVID-19, check on your neighbors by texting, emailing, or calling them.


If you need more information, contact your ECI Coordinator. 

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