Winter officially begins on December 21st, but with the recent drop in temperatures it is a good reminder to all that it is time to think about colder weather. Preparing for all seasons make sense, by having food, water, and first aid at minimum for a complete list visit ready.gov. Consider checking your emergency supply kit seasonally to ensure no food and water is getting ready to expire. Check that all electronics and batteries, even the backups, are working.
Additional Items to Consider for Winter Weather
- Rock salt or other ice melt products
- Warm clothes
- Extra blankets
- Sand for traction on ice
- Snow shovels
- Heating fuel, store a supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood stove
It is important to understand the dangers of driving during winter storms. Many deaths and injuries are a result of traffic accidents.
Most importantly keep yourself safe during winter weather. Do not to overwork yourself when shoveling snow, as this can result in a heart attack. Also be aware of the signs of symptoms of hypothermia which can be a result of spending too much time in the cold. Visit the CDC's Winter Weather FAQ's for the signs and symptoms of Hypothermia as well as other cold-related illnesses.