Your Winter Preparedness Checklist
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Your Winter Preparedness Checklist

December 5, 2018

Wyomingites have a lot of experience with harsh winter weather. Extreme cold, freezing rain, ice, snow, high winds...they're no match for our toughness. And yet, it doesn't hurt to be prepared!

 

Advance planning can make a big difference in one's safety during a winter storm, as well as one's ability to quickly recover afterwards. Winter storms can cause power outages that last for days, make roads dangerous or impassable, and affect critical community services.

 

The best thing you can do is make sure you are prepared to be self-sufficient for a few days (if not more), protecting your family and your assets in the midst of it all. Here's what you need to do.

 

First, stay informed.

 

 

Second, gather emergency supplies.

 

Gather in advance the supplies and items you will need to stay safe until the storm passes. Remember: you may not be home when the storm starts, so it's important to have food, water and basic supplies in several locations (work, home, your car, etc.).

Make sure you have:

  • Emergency communication (cell phone, external charger, walkie-talkies)

  • Prescription medications, including inhalers, insulin and backup power for power-dependent mobility devices, oxygen and other assistive technology

  • Critical documents in a sealed, waterproof container

  • Tools and safety items (matches, flashlights, a multi-tool, pocket knife, and whistle is a good start)

  • Food and water for at least three days without access to normal services

  • Warm clothing and blankets (and don't forget protective footwear and gloves!)

 

For your car, check your:

  • Antifreeze and oil levels

  • Battery and ignition systems

  • Brakes

  • Exhaust system (carbon monoxide can be fatal)

  • Fuel and air filters

  • Heater and defroster

  • Thermostat

  • Lights and hazard lights

  • Tires

  • Windshield wiper equipment

 

Third, develop a communications plan.

 

Before a storm hits, it's crucial that your family know how they will get back in touch after it clears. Remember, you might not always have access to your cell phone, so keep important numbers written down in your wallet, in case you can't access your contact list.

 

Fourth, protect your home.

 

The last thing you want to be dealing with in the midst of a winter storm is property damage, particularly flooding. Most property insurance companies don't cover flood losses, so you'll need to purchase separate flood insurance if you anticipate any flooding due to snow melt.

 

But that's not all you should be aware of! Check out our guide for properly winterizing your home, so you don't find yourself addressing busted pipes or a fire while also waiting out a blizzard. 

Are you ready for a winter storm?
How have you prepared your family for the worst?

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