Get Ready for Winter Weather

Snow is coming

It's the holiday season, and cold weather is upon us! But don't let the winter chill put a freeze on your readiness for winter weather.

As you prepare for gift giving and the end of the year, take action for colder temperatures as well. Here are some tips from to help you get started.

Prepare for a winter storm. Know that winter storms can:

Last a few hours or several days;

Knock out heat, power, and communication services; and

Place older adults, young children, and sick individuals at greater risk.

If you need to check on your neighbors, be sure to text, email, or call them while following the latest CDC guidelines for COVID-19. Tips on winter storm readiness and other hazards from and a new FEMA PSA now have information on how to stay safe during the pandemic.

Winterize your car. Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Some items to include are:

Jumper cables;

Sand or cat litter (for tire traction);

Warm clothes; and

An ice scraper.

Remember to keep the gas tank full and, if possible, have a professional check your battery, anti-freeze, and cooling system.

Know the difference between frostbite and hypothermia. Signs of frostbite include numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, and firm or waxy skin. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, or drowsiness. If you see signs of frostbite or hypothermia, act quickly!

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