You never know when winter storms will hit. When it does, you don’t want to be left out unprepared. There are steps you can take to keep your home resilient in the face of a winter storm.

Around the House

First, you want to make sure your home is prepared for the storms.

  • Insulate your home. The attic is the easiest place to start.
  • Install storm windows.
  • Have your heating equipment inspected every year. You don’t want it to conk out in the middle of the storm.
  • If you have a chimney, have it swept and inspected by a professional chimney sweep.
  • In your garage, make sure your cars have full tanks of gas. You want to be prepared to drive if you need to leave or go somewhere, and you also don’t want your gas line to freeze (if you live somewhere very cold).
  • Make sure your tires are suited for driving in the winter, especially if you get a lot of snow where you live.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone knows how to use them.
  • Install a freeze sensor.

Emergency Preparedness Kit

Because you can’t know how long the storm will keep you indoors, it’s smart to be prepared for at least 3 days in case you are unable to get out of the house.

  • Water: 1 gallon per person per day
  • Non-perishable food: 3 day supply for each person
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Flashlight or hand crank light
  • Radio (battery or crank powered)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Copies of personal documents

Conditional Provisions

Here are some other emergency supplies to consider depending on the conditions of your surroundings and household family members.

  • Medications: 7 day supply
  • Medical items
  • Extra cell phone with charger
  • Extra cash
  • Baby supplies
  • Pet supplies
  • Tools (wrench or pliers to turn off utilities)
  • Sand or rock salt
  • Warm winter wear for all family members
  • Extra blankets
  • Snow shovels or other snow removal equipment
  • Books, puzzles, or other things that help pass the time.

Good luck!