Winter Weather Safety Kit

When a winter storm strikes, you and your family may need to remain indoors for several days. A safety kit is one of the most essential elements of preparing yourself, your family and your property for a winter storm.

Suggested items for your winter weather safety kit include:

  • First aid materials. Include prescription medications, over-the-counter painkillers, rubbing alcohol, eye wash kit, bandages, latex gloves, antiseptic spray and vomit-inducing medication in case of accidental poisoning.
  • Flashlights and extra batteries in the event the power goes out.
  • Snow shovels.
  • Salt and sand to help prevent falls when moving about outside.
  • Dry wood stored in a dry place.
  • Enough gasoline or diesel fuel to operate a generator or portable heating device.*
  • Blankets and extra clothing to avoid frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Enough dried goods, energy bars and canned goods that do not need heating for each person to eat for three days.
  • Battery- or crank-operated radio to listen to weather updates and notifications.
  • Enough water to last every member of your family at least three days (one gallon per person per day).
All contents of a winter weather safety kit should be packed neatly into easily accessible plastic storage bins and should be easily transportable.

* Consult the owner's manual for your generator to determine which type of fuel is required.