The American Red Cross has come up with a list of safety tips for winter storms.
For starters people should know the difference between a winter storm watch and a warning. A watch is issued when winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. During a warning, severe weather conditions have already begun or will begin within 24 hours and people should take precautions immediately. You should stay tuned to weather reports for the latest predictions and occurrences.
You should have a kit with a three day supply of water and nonperishable food. It should include a flashlight, battery powered radio and extra batteries. You should have a 7 day supply of medications and medical items along with a first aid kit. It’s a good idea to have supplies for each family member and your pets.
You want to prepare your home for the winter weather. Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep the cold out. You will want to bring pets inside and mover other animals or livestock to sheltered areas.
Other tips to keep in mind include:
Staying inside, and if you must go out, wear warm, loose fitting, lightweight clothing in layers.
Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, allow plenty of time to get to your destination and keep emergency supplies in the vehicle.
Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extra cold.
And be prepared for power outatages.