Preparation Procedures

Keep your property and your family safe during the storm using the preparation tips and resources below.

Be prepared

  • Before winter weather strikes, winterize your home by installing weather stripping, wrapping pipes, and repairing any roof leaks.
  • Check that your heating system is running properly and is well ventilated. Inspect and clean any fireplaces. Replace batteries in your carbon monoxide and fire alarms.
  • Review your insurance coverage and take pictures of your building and/or office - inside and out.
  • Winterize your car, check your tires, and stock your car with a winter emergency kit in case of stranding.
  • Watch for the development of ice patches in walkways and roadways. Take caution when crossing.

Before a severe weather event

  • Ensure your employees' contact information is up-to-date and that you have a plan in place to communicate afterwards.
  • Define what you need to secure your building, important equipment and who will help; outline specific tasks and conduct a training session.
  • Consider developing a system to authorize re-entry to company facilities.
  • Prepare for potential power outages, update your phone number and email address, and consider installing a generator.
  • Construct a list of vendors that provide disaster recovery services.
  • Back up files and data, and store records in a safe area.
  • Update outgoing voice messages, informing employees and customers of the status of company operations.
  • Close your offices in time to allow employees to secure their homes, obtain supplies and evacuate if necessary.

For businesses

  • Pay attention to the news, media and instructions from public officials.
  • Gather necessary supplies: food, warm clothing, generator, First Aid Kit, etc.
  • If possible, fully charge cell phones, laptops, and any other electronics.
  • Park vehicles in safe, protected areas.
  • Secure doors, windows and other openings.

Emergency apps

Many apps are available to help you prepare for disasters. Here are a few to consider.

Shelter Finder App by the American Red Cross

Download these helpful apps to help you through every step of the storm. Stay prepared and even get helpful tips for recovery and clean up from the American Red Cross.

Download the app on the Apple App Store Get the App on Google Play

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