Cold Weather Preparedness Tips

How to Dress

  • Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing.
  • Wear a hat
  • Coveryour mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
  • Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.
  • Try to stay dry and out of the wind

In the car

  • Fully check and winterize your vehicle before staring your travel: Make sure your car battery has enough power, and your car is filled with antifreeze.
  • Keep your gas tank near full to prevent ice from forming in the fuel lines.
  • If you are planning travel carry a winter storm survival kit:
    • Blankets
    • Flashlight
    • High-calorie snack foods
    • Jumper cables
    • A water container
    • Make sure your cell phone is fully charged

At Home

  • Let your faucets drip to prevent freezing water from causing pipes to burst.
  • Make sure your pipes are properly insulated and leave cabinet doors open around pipes to ensure they receive warmth from the air flowing through your home. For more information on how to prevent frozen pipes click Here.
  • Protect/Bring inside outdoor plants.
  • Provide shelter for pets and check on elderly.
  • Have a flashlight and extra batteries available. Avoid using candles since these can become a fire hazard.
  • If you have a fireplace or wood stove, make sure you have a good supply of fire wood. learn to use any emergency heating sources properly to prevent a fire.
  • Close off unneeded rooms and place towels or rags in cracks under doors.

Wind Chill is how wind and cold feel on exposed skin. As the wind increases, heat is carried away from the body at an accelerated rate, driving down the body temperature.

The colder the temperatures and stronger the wind, the quicker frostbite could set in on exposed skin.

For information about wind chill, visit: www.nws.noaa.gov/om/cold/wind_chill.shtml