As the saying goes, it's better to be safe than sorry. We've compiled a list of helpful tips that will ensure you're prepared for whatever Old Man Winter dishes out.Before the Storm
· In addition to the water and food, make sure you have a first aid kit and enough medication and
personal hygiene supplies to last a week.
· Pull together copies of important personal documents (birth certificates, insurance policies,
· Compile a list of family and emergency contact information.
· Ensure your cell phone is fully charged.
· Detach outdoor garden hoses to prevent frozen pipes.
· Get a battery-powered or hand-crank weather radio.
· Double-check your fireplace or wood-burning stove to ensure it's operational.
· If you have a generator, top off its fuel supply.
· If you live in a flash flood area, immediately seek higher ground.
· Stay inside until the storm passes. If you must travel, make sure your car is equipped with an
· To prevent pipes from freezing, open a faucet to allow water to trickle through them.
If you are forced to turn off the water, open the lowest faucet to drain the pipes.
· If your primary heating source is inoperable, DO NOT OPERATE A GRILL, GAS STOVE,
PROPANE OR CHARCOAL HEATING UNIT INSIDE AN ENCLOSED AREA.
· Check your roof for excessive snow loads. Remove snow if necessary.
· To prevent limb breakage, use a soft broom to gently lift branches and remove snow from trees.
· Check on your neighbors.
· Make sure you're physically capable of performing strenuous tasks in cold weather.
Contact a snow removal service if you need help.
· Take pictures of any damage your home or property may have suffered. Contact your insurance
agent as soon as possible.
· Contact a home improvement pro if your home has been damaged. Click here to find a pro.