While the danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans, regardless of where they live, are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives. Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatuBefore Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

To prepare for a winter storm you should do the following:

Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:

1)  Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways.

2)  Sand to improve traction.

3)  Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.

4) Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace   or        wood-burning stove.

5)  Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.

6)  Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you  will         get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.

7) Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS). Be alert to changing weather conditions.

8) Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.

9) Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.