Here are a few things you can do before, during, and after a storm

Ready or not, the fall & winter storm season is upon us. It's time to snuggle up in front of the fire with some hot cocoa, but before you do make sure your home & car are ready for the season with these checklists & tips for emergency preparedness.

Prepare your HOME

Trim dead tree branches, and cut down dead trees on your property.

Fasten down anything that can be blown around outside your home.

Clear drains and gutters.

Make sure your generator is ready.

Gather your emergency supplies.

Secure all doors and windows.

Keep your cell phones charged.

Tune your radio to a local station with regular weather reports.

After a storm, use precaution near downed power lines and other debris.

Home Emergency Kit Checklist

Flashlights, batteries

Whistle (to signal for help)

Water & non-perishable food

Cell phone with wall & car charger

Dust masks

Important personal documents

Candles & lighter or matches

First aid kit & blankets

Battery-powered or hand-crank radio

Manual can opener

Rain ponchos

Extra set of house & car keys

Cash & coins

Personal care items

Pocket knife and/or multi-tool

Pet supplies


Prepare your CAR

Keep your car's gas tank full.

Make sure your car battery, tires, and windshield wipers are in good condition.

Drive with your lights on.

Keep cell phone fully charged.

NEVER text and drive!

Car Emergency Kit Checklist

Flashlight & batteries

First aid kit with scissors

Highway flares or warning light

Water & non-perishable food

Cell phone charger

Booster/Jumper cables

Matches and candles in a metal box or plastic bag.

Blankets or thermal blankets

Warm clothing & spare boots

Road maps

Cash & coins

Personal care items

Pocket knife and/or multi-tool

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