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Emergency Preparedness and Response

 Winter Weather  

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. 

Check 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!

Heat your home safely. Have your heating system, chimney or flue inspected each year.

Protect 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.

Weatherproof 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 thermal-pane windows.

Related Links:
Energy Assistance Programs Brochure
Weatherization Services Flyer

Bring 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