Saturday, December 07, 2019

Before the Storm Strikes

At Home and Work

Primary concerns are loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day.

Have available:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information
  • Extra food and water.  Have high energy food such as dried fruit, nuts and granola bars and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration
  • Extra medicine and baby items
  • First aid supplies
  • Heating fuel
  • Emergency heat source: fireplace, wood stove, space heater
  • Use properly to prevent a fire
  • Ventilate properly
  • Fire extinguisher, smoke alarm
  • Make sure pets have plenty of food, water and shelter

In Vehicles

Plan your travel and check the latest weather reports to avoid the storm!

Fully check and winterize your vehicle before the winter season begins.


  • Mobile phone, charger, batteries
  • Blankets/sleeping bags
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Knife
  • High calorie, non perishable food
  • Extra clothing to keep dry
  • Large empty can to use as emergency toilet.  Tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes.
  • Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water
  • Sack of sand or cat litter for traction
  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper and brush
  • Tool kit
  • Tow rope
  • Battery booster cables
  • Water container
  • Compass and road maps
  • Keep you gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.

Avoid traveling alone.

Let someone know your timetable and primary and alternate routes.

On the Farm/Pets

  • Move animals to sheltered areas.  Shelter belts, properly laid out and oriented are better protection for cattle than confining shelters, such as sheds.
  • Haul extra feed to nearby feeding areas.
  • Have water available. 
  • Make sure pets have plenty of food, water and shelter.