When wintry weather blows, will your family be prepared?
Winter brings special seasonal challenges to an organized home.
Winter storms can make navigating roads and walkways hazardous; power outages and snow days highlight any family's readiness for cold weather.
Take time now to review your family's emergency preparedness with this Winter Preparedness Checklist. It'll help you prepare your home and automobile for cold-weather hazards.
Out and About
Will your home welcome winter visitors safely? Get ready for snow, ice or rain on walks and driveways by stocking up on these cold-weather basics.
- Snow shovel
- De-icing compound
- Waterproof floor mats
The Inside Story
Household emergency supplies should include enough food, water and supplies to last four days without power or help. Check your home emergency kit against this basic checklist.
- Food that doesn't require heating or refrigeration, such as canned meats, soups and stews, cereal, and energy bars
- Manual can opener
- Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils
- 1 gallon of water per person per day (allow enough for four days)
- Flashlights and batteries
- Battery-powered radio
- Battery-powered clock
- Cellular phone
- First-aid kit (printable first-aid kit checklist)
- Four-day supply of prescription medicines
- Blanket and cold-weather clothing for each family member
- Pet food and additional water for household pets