Winter weather can’t always be predicted with 100% accuracy, but most times the forecast provides enough notice so that you can get the essentials ahead of time and stay safe during the storm. Below are a few ways you can prepare:
What to do before a winter storm
Don’t wait until the snow flies. These are things you can do anytime.
- Prepare an emergency supply kit to sustain your family for 72 hours, including flashlights, a portable radio, extra batteries, nonperishable food, bottled water, cash, blankets, clothing and toiletries.
- Monitor radio, TV, or social media for updates on the storm.
- Purchase rock salt or ice melt for your driveway, porch, and walkways.
- Get your snow shovels, snow blowers, and other equipment ready.
- Purchase gas for the blower.
- Stock up on firewood if you have a fireplace. Stockpile extra blankets.
- Know where lanterns, candles, and matches are located.
- Have your furnace winterized and change filters.
Remain calm and stay indoors if at all possible. Avoid travel and check on older loved ones or neighbours.
Once the storm is over, wait for local authorities to indicate that it’s safe to venture outdoors.
- Don’t drive unless absolutely necessary. If you do, avoid roads that have not been plowed yet and be careful of black ice.
- Stay indoors if possible. If you must go out, dress in layers and wear hat, gloves, and shoes with traction.