How to Prepare for and Stay Safe During a Winter Storm

man shoveling snow after a winter storm

When cold weather moves in, it can go from chilly to blizzard in no time.  Living in Northwest Indiana, we’ve experienced this a time or two.  It’s important to review the weather warnings so you can be prepared for whatever weather comes our way.  Learn how to prepare for and stay safe during a winter storm by understanding the winter weather alerts, what supplies and items you need to prepare for a winter storm, and the steps to take to stay safe during a winter storm.

How to Prepare for and Stay Safe During a Winter Storm

Know the Weather Alerts

Winter Storm Outlook – Winter storm conditions are possibly within 2-5 days

Winter Weather Advisory – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause inconveniences that can be hazardous but not life threatening

Winter Storm Watch – Winter storm conditions are possible within 36-48 hours.  People in the watch area should stay informed about weather conditions as they may change quickly.

Winter Storm Warning- Within the next 24 hours, life-threatening weather conditions will begin.  People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

How To Prepare for a Winter Storm

When the cold season draws near, it’s important to switch gears and prepare our homes and vehicles for the possibility of a winter storm.  Taking the appropriate measures before a winter storm hits can help to protect you from the elements and the risks that come with the cold temperatures.  Read on to see how you can prepare for a winter storm.

>>Be in the Know: Prepare Your Home for Cooler Temps in 5 Steps

  • Keep your gas tank at least half full, a full tank is preferable. Doing so will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • If you will be leaving your home during the colder months, make sure to leave the heat in your home set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid pipes from freezing.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year to maintain and keep them in good working order.
  • Put together a supply kit.
    • Food
    • Water
    • Flashlight
    • Radio with extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Medications
    • Cell phone and chargers
    • Emergency contact information
    • Sand or rock salt to make walkways and steps less slippery
    • Tools

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Stay Safe During a Winter Storm

Follow these easy tips to keep you and your family safe during a winter storm.

  • Keep a small amount or running water (even a trickle)  to help prevent pipes from freezing and avoid winter water damages
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear
  • Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold
  • Store extra warm clothing and blankets in your car in case you get stuck in the snow or break down on the road

<align=”center”>If even after all the proper precautions you experience a winter water damage, give us a call.  AmeriClean is proud to provide 24/7 emergency water damage services to Northwest Indiana.

About AmeriClean, Inc.

AmeriClean, Inc was established in 1986 by Bob Eriks in a small warehouse as a provider of Fire Damage Restoration for Northwest Indiana.  Fast forward to today and AmeriClean’s services include CarpetUpholsteryAir Duct,  Area RugCeramic Tile Cleaning; as well as: Water Damage RestorationFire Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation.  With 30 years of experience, AmeriClean, Inc. is now a leading name in water, fire and restoration services for both residential and commercial properties.  For more information, visit our website or call 800.654.9101.

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