Winter storm weather preparation

Before the weather outside becomes frightful, use this checklist to prepare for a winter storm.

Food and water

  • Water — at least a three-day supply; one gallon per person, per day
  • Food — at least a three-day supply of non-perishable, high-energy, easy-to-prepare foods
  • Baby formula and food
  • Pet food

  TIP #1 

Set your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings in case the power goes out.



Heating and lighting

  • Extra blankets
  • Generator and gas to run for 24+ hours
  • Candles
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Alternate supplies for heating methods, such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves
  • Fire extinguisher

 TIP #2 

Never use a generator inside. Place it outside where exhaust fumes can't enter through windows, doors or cracks.



  • Fully charged cell phones, tablets, etc.
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Extra batteries

   TIP #3 

Tempted to play games on your phone during the storm? Save the charge in case there's an emergency.


Shovels and tools

  • Shovels and tools for clearing snow and ice
  • Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
  • Snow blower gassed (start it to ensure it's ready)

  TIP #4

A roof rake can help prevent structural and water damage to your home.


Medical and personal hygiene

  • Medications — have at least a seven-day supply
  • Medical items — hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Baby diapers and wipes
  • First aid kit

 TIP #5 

If you are low on medications, visit your pharmacy to ensure you have enough for one week.


Important information

  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Copies of personal documents
  • Extra cash — in case there is no power (no ATM)

  TIP #6

Have the phone numbers of your independent insurance agent and insurance company should you need to file a claim.