Winter Saftey

What you should know about Winter Weather
  • Know what to do before, during, and after a winter storm.
  • Listen to local officials.
  • Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
  • Stay off the road during and after a winter storm.
  • Have a carbon monoxide alarm in place, especially if using alternative heating devices.
  • Use safe heating devices.
  • Make a plan to connect before a Winter Storm by text, e-mail, social media & cell:
  • Learn how to stay safe before, during, & after winter storms & extreme cold by visiting:
  • Talk with your family about how to get prepared for extreme cold weather:
  • Before a winter storm, know what to do “When the Sky Turns Gray.” Watch this:
  • Follow weather alerts in up to 5 locations using the @fema app. Learn more:
  • Stay safe during winter weather. Monitor weather alerts and have a preparedness kit ready.
  • Prepare for winter storms and cold weather with the kids by playing the disaster master game:  Password hint: SLEET
  • Snow Prep tips: check on neighbors, charge cell phones, find flashlights (check batteries) and follow local officials online.
  • Talk to your job *before* it snows about weather policies and procedures.
Emergency Kit
  • Include enough food, water, meds & anything used daily in your emergency kit to last for at least 72 hrs
  • Before a Winter Storm: Have emergency supplies ready in your home; when the storm hits, stay put and off the roads.
  • Winter is just around the corner. Get prepared by updating your emergency kit:
  • Get ahead of winter storms by making sure your emergency kit for your car is fully stocked:
  • Keep water, non-perishable food, and an extra set of warm clothes in the car in case you get stranded during winter weather.
  • Prepare for winter by keeping an emergency supply kit in your car with these extras:
    • Jumper cables
    • Flares or reflective triangle
    • Ice scraper
    • Car cell phone charger
    • Cat litter or sand for better tire traction
    • More:
Outdoors & Traveling
  • Cold can kill. Dress in layers, cover skin and limit time outside. 
  • Shoveling snow can be a health risk, so remember to take it easy. Learn more at 
  • Stay off icy roads when Winter Storm advisories & watches are issued.
  • Winter Weather travel tip: follow directions from local officials & build an emergency car kit.  More tips
  • Stay off roads during & after a winter storm. If you must drive “Don’t Crowd the Plow!”
  • Hitting the road this winter? An emergency kit for your car might come in handy when you least expect it!
  • Prepare your car for winter: keep your gas tank near full to help avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
  • Ice and snow, take it slow—slower speed, slower acceleration, slower steering, and slower braking.
  • Snow Storm tip: clear snow & ice off of fire hydrants so fire departments can gain access.
  • Layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than one bulky sweater.
  • When it’s freezing limit time outside and check on your neighbors!
  • Freezing temperatures increase frostbite risk. Learn the warning signs of frostbite:
  • Many people die each year from heart attacks brought on by shoveling snow. Pace yourself & get your neighbors involved.
  • Do your part to keep everyone safe on the roads this winter. Learn more at 
  • Winter Safety Tip: Bring your furry friends inside when temperatures take a dip! More pet prep tips:
  • Tip: Wipe dog’s paws after each trip outside. Ice-melting chemicals or rock salt can cause irritation, sickness or be fatal
  • Winter Safety Tip: Bring your furry friends inside when temperatures take a dip! More pet prep tips:
  • Your pet may think antifreeze is sweet, but it can be deadly. Find out more:
Heating Safety
  • Space heaters cause 1/3 of home heating fires and 4/5 home heating fires deaths. Protect your family with tips from USFA
  • Heating is the 2nd leading cause of home fires after cooking. Get Winter Safety tips from USFA
  • Shivering, memory loss, and slurred speech signs of hypothermia. Learn the other signs here:
  • Staying warm with a space heater? Make sure it has an auto shut-off in case it tips over.
  • Winter fires can be deadly. When using your fireplace always keep a metal or heat tempered screen around it to stay safe.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from a fireplace, wood stove, or space heater.
  • Watch this short video from @usfa to learn how to prevent portable heater fires in your home this Winter:
  • If you’re running a portable generator, you need to have a working Carbon Monoxide alarm in your home.
  • Winter Safety Tip: NEVER use a generator, camp stove, charcoal grill, gasoline or propane heater indoors.
  • NEVER heat a home by using the stovetop or oven.
  • Keep generators outside at least 20 feet away from doors, windows, and vents to avoid accidental CO poisoning.
  • Wear layered clothing and use blankets to stay warm during a Winter Storm.
  • Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths in the U.S. How to keep safe:
Power Outage Safety
  • Winter Storms can cause power outages. Share these tips and prepare now:
  • Make a plan to check on neighbors if extreme cold or winter weather knocks out your power.
  • Get the kids involved in preparing for power outages before winter weather:
  • Power Outage tip: Dim the brightness in your cell phone settings to save battery life.
  • Need to take shelter in extreme cold? Contact your local Office of Emergency Management to find a warming center near you: