When you aren't used to dealing with snow and ice, a winter storm may cause a little panic.
Keep these seven tips in mind to help you prepare for any unexpected weather:
- Learn winter weather terms: Know what each winter weather advisory, watch or warning means and how you should respond.
- Service your furnace: Have your furnace checked yearly, especially if you rarely use it. You'll want it to be in tip-top shape if you do need it.
- Invest in a generator: Consider buying a generator in case you lose power. Generators are also handy for other weather emergencies, such as hurricanes and high-wind events. Remember: Generators should never be used indoors.
- Brush up on winter driving tips: If you are uncomfortable driving in snow and ice, avoid it whenever possible but be sure to study these winter driving tips for when you do have to brave the winter weather.
- Keep the pantry stocked: It's smart to keep your house stocked with groceries all winter long. Should the power go out, you'll want to have plenty of extra water and nonperishable food that you can prepare without cooking.
- Prepare emergency kits: Keep one emergency kit in your home and one in each family member's vehicle. Use the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Emergency Supply list to help create your kit.
- Keep warm clothes on hand: Keep layers in your car, and make sure you have a large, water-resistant coat that can fit over several layers of clothing. You'll also want a pair of waterproof boots that will fit over several pairs of socks.
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