Importance of Prepping for Winter Storms
Talk to your family about what to do if a winter storm watch or warning is issued. Talking about winter storms in advance can help reduce anxiety, especially for children. Get your car cooled down before the winter storm season to reduce the chances of getting stuck in cold weather. Have a mechanic check the battery, antifreeze, windshield wipers and washers, ignition system, thermostat, lights, flashing hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes, defroster, and oil. Fit good winter tires with enough tread. All-weather radials are usually sufficient, but some jurisdictions require vehicles with chains or studded winter tires. Keep in your car: - A windshield scraper and a small broom - A small bag of sand to create traction under the tires and a set of snow chains as a traction pad - Fits a container that won't get wet - Bright colored (preferably red) fabric to tie around the antenna - Kit emergency power, including warm clothing. Keep your car's tank full so you can escape quickly in an emergency and your fuel lines don't freeze. Keep a supply of non-biodegradable cat litter to keep sidewalks and steps from slipping. Service snow removal equipment for the winter storm season and keep it in good condition. Have a warm coat, gloves or mittens, a hat, waterproof boots and other blankets and warm clothing for each household member.