Winter Storm Tips
Even in the South, we experience an occasional winter storm. Ice storms – prolonged periods of freezing rain – are our most severe winter weather threat. Trees, power lines, roads and walkways can become covered with ice, and power interruptions are possible.
You can make winter storms more bearable by being prepared. Stay advised of the storm’s progress by monitoring a NOAA weather radio. When severe winter weather is predicted, make sure you and your family are ready for it.
- Check your supplies of non-perishable foods, heating fuel and medications. Stock up if you need to.
- Fill your tub and spare containers with water in case your electric water pump or the local water system goes out.
- Make sure you have a flashlight, battery-powered radio and fresh batteries handy.
- Check to ensure that elderly family members or friends who live alone are prepared for the weather.
Winter storm survival tips
Should you lose electric service, keep the following tips in mind:
- Use non-electric, unvented space heaters only in well-ventilated areas.
- Use a camp stove, fireplace or can of sterno for cooking. Don’t use charcoal or any other fuels in unventilated areas.
- If you use an electric generator, plug electric appliances directly into it. Do not plug the generator into your home’s electrical wiring.
- Disconnect or turn off appliances that were on when the power interruption occurred. Leave a light on so you know when service is restored.
- Avoid opening your refrigerator or freezer. Food will stay frozen in a fully loaded freezer for 36 to 48 hours if the doors remain closed. If the freezer is half full, the food will generally keep 24 hours.