Prepare for a power outage: Heavy winds are a recipe for widespread power outages. It’s important to prepare a plan now before a possible outage.
- Learn how you can use alternative heat sources and generators safely during a power outage
- Have an Emergency Preparedness Kit with three days of food, water, prescription medications and other supplies ready
- Consider obtaining an NOAA Weather Radio to stay abreast of current weather conditions
Prevent roof collapse: If heavy snow begins to accumulate on your roof, remove the snow with a snow rake and a long extension arm that will allow you to remove the snow while standing safely on the ground.
Stay safe and warm: Inspect your source of heat for any damage which can cause a fire and result in costly property damage. Also, remove combustible items placed near a heat source.
Prevent frozen pipes: Prevent costly water damage caused by frozen pipes by
- Providing a reliable back-up power source to ensure continuous power to the building
- Insulating all attic penetrations
- Ensuring proper seals on all doors and windows
- Sealing all cracks and openings in exterior walls
Know your winter weather alerts: When severe winter weather is on its way, it’s important you know and understand what each alert means so you can respond accordingly.