Be prepared and stay safeFrozen rain, sleet, snow and wind can cause power outages, shut down public services and make traveling especially hazardous. Don’t let winter’s worst catch you off guard.
PreparationStay informed. Sign up for local weather alerts and warnings. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts. Consider purchasing a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio. Stock emergency supplies. Expanded winter-weather preparedness checklists are available at cdc.gov. Here are a few essentials to think about as you get ready:
- Have at least a three days’ supply of non-perishable food and water on hand
- Restock medications, your first aid kit and your pets’ needs
- Get flashlights for each family member – Get a Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight
- Prep outdoor generators
- Charge phones, laptops and tablets. Test your devices. Get an extra cellphone battery or a portable charger – Stay connected with a Goal Zero Flip Power Bank
- Gather plenty of blankets and warm clothing
- Get battery backup power for any power-dependent medical devices – Explore Goal Zero Yeti Portable Power Stations
- Jumper cables
- Warm clothes
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable snacks.
During the stormAvoid carbon monoxide risk. Never use a gas-powered generator, portable stove, charcoal grill or gasoline or propane heater indoors. They can lead to deadly carbon monoxide poisoning, accidental fires and electric shock. Don’t heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven. Stay off the roads. If you must drive, take along your emergency supply kit. In the event of a breakdown, stay inside your vehicle. Limit time outdoors. Stay dry. Bring pets indoors. Keep walkways safe with deicing salt. Use your furnace efficiently. Close off rooms you’re not using. Dress in layers and use blankets for extra warmth.
RecoveryOnly drive if necessary. Remove snow and ice from your tailpipe before starting your car, and check regularly if idling. Clean all snow and ice from your car before driving. Keep warm and dry. Use waterproof boots and gloves. Dress in layers. Prevent prolonged exposure to cold and wind. Avoid overexertion. Know the signs and basic treatments for hypothermia and frostbite. If clearing and shoveling snow, be aware of overexertion, which can lead to a medical emergency. Check in with friends, family and neighbors. Stay connected and make sure to check on the elderly or those who are vulnerable to weather events during and after the storm.
- Ready.gov Find more quick tips on winter storm preparation, download checklists and find more helpful links.
- FEMA.gov Download an extensive, user-friendly guide to winter-storm preparedness, a checklist and additional resources.
- Winter driving Learn how to winterize your vehicle and how to handle road conditions and emergencies.
- CDC.gov Learn symptoms and basic treatments for hypothermia and frostbite.
- Winterizing your home Get more tips on staying warm and prepared.
- National Weather Service
- FEMA Mobile App
Emergency and Community mobile apps
This app includes preparedness tips, emergency kit checklists, recovery and safety information, a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center location map and ways you can get involved before and after a disaster.
Connect and communicate with your neighbors and help each other stay safe during and after an emergency or disaster.