What to do before a winter weather event
Winter weather can be harsh, keep your family safe and your building prepared as severe weather approaches.
When severe winter weather is forecast, take these last-minute actions.
Winter Ready Home Event Checklist
A checklist to make last minute prep before severe winter weather hits and to recover quickly after the event.
STAY INFORMED & ACTIVATE PLAN
1. Monitor the weather.
- Stay informed.
- Enable wireless emergency alerts on your cell phone. What to listen for:
- Winter Storm, Winter Weather, Blizzard, Wind Chill
- A WATCH means be prepared.
- A WARNING means take action.
- Have a weather alert radio that broadcasts emergency alerts from the National Weather Service nearby.
- Activate your winter plan.
PREPARE YOUR HOME
2) Prevent pipes from freezing
- Set your thermostat to a minimum of 55°F (12.8°C).
- Open cabinet doors where piping is present, especially when pipes are next to an outside wall.
- Let all faucets drip during extreme cold weather.
3) Turn on heat cables before the snow starts to fall if you have an ice dam prevention system.
- If you have an ice dam prevention system, turn it on before the snow begins to fall.
4) Ensure you have plenty of supplies, such as:
- Fuel for generators.
- Snow removal equipment such as shovels or a snow blower.
- De-icing products for walkways and stairs.
5) Create a home inventory video.
- Use your cell phone to video each room to show your belongings. Documenting your belongings is easier before a disaster happens.