Provided by PWC Office of Emergency Management
Now is the time to make sure that you are prepared for winter weather! Winter storms can range from freezing rain or ice, to a few hours of moderate snowfall, to a blizzard that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures, power outages and unpredictable road conditions.
Here are some important tips for protecting your family and home:
- Check and update your family’s emergency supply kit before winter approaches. Include warm clothing and blankets and replace any expired food or medication.
- Heat your home safely: Keep space heaters at least three feet from other objects and plug all heating devices directly into an outlet; never use an extension cord! If you have a fireplace or wood stove, have a professional check it annually, as residue can build up and cause fires. Make sure you have a working smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.
- If you have pets, bring them inside. If they must stay outside, be sure they have shelter and insulation from the cold. Don’t use electric heating pads or any other heating appliances that can potentially burn your pet. Make sure your pet has enough food and unfrozen water — they may need more during cold temperatures.
- Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, who may need help shoveling or picking up groceries or medication.
Visit pwcva.gov/department/office-emergency-management/winter-storms to learn more about keeping safe during winter weather.