- Add rock salt, sand, and a shovel to your emergency kit.
- Plan how you will heat your home if power goes out for a prolonged period of time.
- Stockpile enough food, water, and hygiene supplies for every member of your family, including pets and service animals, for at least 72 hours in an emergency kit.
- Winterize your car, including updating your car emergency kit with warm clothing and items to help if you get stuck away from home. Make sure to include food, water, and a way to signal for help.
- Winterize your home, including refreshing your emergency kit and checking insulation, especially around pipes.
- Test carbon monoxide and smoke alarms.
When the temperatures start dropping, check for signs of temperature-related issues for people and pets.
- Stay indoors as much as possible. If going outside, dress in loose, warm layers.
- Keep dry, and change clothing when it becomes wet.
- Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
- Remain alert for signs of frostbite or hypothermia. If either of these occur, seek medical help immediately.
- If you must drive, stick to the main roads. Let someone know you are driving, and if possible have others in the car with you.
- For tips about what to do if the power goes out, check out our power outage page.
For more winter weather tips, check out Ready.gov.