Learn about winter weather and what to do if the forecast calls for a winter storm
In addition to hazardous road conditions and possible power outages, winter storms can lead to health emergencies.
Experiencing Your First Winter Storm?Whether you’ve just moved to a state that experiences winter weather, or the forecast is calling for a freak storm in your otherwise sunny location, your first storm can be quite a shock. Here are some top tips to help you stay in control:
The Red Cross recommends that you prepare for a winter storm just as diligently as you would prepare for a hurricane, flood or other natural disaster. Read our tips for preparing your family, pets, and home – as well as pointers on what to do during and after the storm.
If someone in your home relies on powered medical equipment, or you want to make sure your lights or water pump stay on, you might need a backup generator. Before heading to the hardware store, read our tips on how to choose the right generator for your household, and how to use a generator safely.
Even if your power stays on, pipes that run through an unheated part of your home (such as a basement or crawl space) are vulnerable in the cold. A frozen pipe can burst and cause extensive water damage. Read our tips for preventing pipes from freezing – and for thawing them out if they’re already frozen.
Driving in Snow and Ice
If you need to venture onto the roads during or just after a storm, you’ll want to be prepared. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has tips on winter tires, preventative maintenance, what to do if you get stuck on the road, and much more.
Extreme cold, icy surfaces and ice-melting chemicals can all be dangerous to your pets and livestock. Learn how to care for your animals in winter storm conditions.