Week One: Prepare Your Home
Listen to weather forecasts
regularly. Weather forecasts can sometimes provide you with several
days’ notice of extreme cold weather on its way.
your emergency supplies whenever a period of extreme cold is
predicted. Keep several days’ supply of food that needs no cooking or
refrigeration, including special foods that family members may need, including
baby food and formula. Have extra water stored in clean containers or purchased
in bottles (3 gallons per person per day.) And remember medicines that you or
your family members may need. Remember your pets!
your home safely. Have your heating system, chimney or flue
inspected each year.
yourself and your family from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector. Test
the batteries and replace them twice a year. Never use an electric generator
indoors, inside the garage, or near the air intake of your house because of the
risk of CO poisoning.
your home. Extreme cold can cause water pipes in your home to
freeze and sometimes rupture. Insulate any water
lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to
freeze. To the extent possible, weatherproof your home by adding
weather-stripping, insulation, insulated doors, and storm windows or
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your pets indoors during the winter. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them
warm and make sure they have access to unfrozen water.
Related Link: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/protect_pets_winter.html