Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain. Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events.
Thankfully we rarely see major winter storms in Fayetteville, but it’s still a great idea to make sure you’re prepared for the winter with this handy checklist!
- In case of a power failure, make sure you have a portable charger and extra batteries
- An emergency crank radio is necessary for listening to National Weather Service broadcasts and staying in-the-know
- To stay warm, make sure there’s blankets and sleeping bags, or a portable space heater in the house
- Use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns as it gets dark
- Have a week’s worth of food and safety supplies for your household
- Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency
Stay safe and prepared with these tips and stock up on all necessities before the cold weather hits!