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ice_storm_noaa_200cerf_tip_of_the_month_smallWintry Weather Wisdom

December, 2016 | Tip of the Month


  • December is FEMA Winter Weather Preparedness Month. Whether it’s an easy winter or a hard one, there always seems to be at least one big storm–or a long stretch of frigid temperatures. With a bit of advance preparation, you can reduce the risk of damage or loss from winter storms and/or a power outage at your studio and home. Don’t worry! Here’s how. To begin preparing, you should have:
    • A home emergency supplies kit. Basic supplies include:
      • Water: At least three days’ supply at one gallon per person per day
      • Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
      • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio
      • Flashlight and extra batteries
      • First aid kit
      • Battery backup or an alternative (solar, etc.) charger for your cell phone
    • Some emergency cash on hand. Stores may not be able to accept anything but cash and nearby ATMs may not be functioning.
    • A plan for safely heating your home and studio without electricity from utilities. Even if you don’t heat with electricity, your heating system probably depends on it to function.
    • A vehicle gas tank that’s at least half full. The nearest working gas station may be an hour away.
    • A car emergency supply kit that includes many of the home emergency items plus a shovel, extra winter clothes, blanket, tow strap, booster cables, and flares.
    • A power inverter that gives you the ability to power a few home electrical appliances using your car battery.

    Here are some resources for information on preparing for a power outage and winter storms:

    If you have already gotten snow tires and/or chains for your car, put up storm windows, and have had your heating system checked, you know what a difference that can make. A little effort up front can save a lot of discomfort or more serious problems in the winter.

    If you live where there isn’t any snow, perhaps it’s a good time to count the rainbows–and be aware of ice hazards and other storms that these tips can apply to!

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