Before, during and after a winter storm, roads and walkways may become extremely dangerous or impassable.Access to critical community services such as public transportation, child care, healthcare providers and schools may be limited. Preparing your home, car and family before cold weather and a winter storm arrives is critical.
- During a winter storm, stay off the roads as
much as possible and only drive when absolutely necessary.
Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning device inside your home, garage, basement,crawlspace or any other partially enclosed area.
When severe weather occurs, plan to check on elderly or disabled neighbors and relatives.
- If you must travel, know road conditions before you leave home. Visit 511Virginia.org or call 511 for road condition updates.
Prepare your Home
- Make sure your home is properly insulated.
- Check the weather stripping around
your windows and doors.
- Learn how to shut off water valves in
case a pipe bursts.
- Have additional heat sources on hand
in case of a power outages.
- Keep a fire extinguisher accessible.
- Replace the batteries in your Carbon
Monoxide detector annually.
Prepare your Car
- Batteries lose power as temperatures drop, be sure to have yours tested.
- Check your car’s antifreeze level.
- Have your radiator system serviced.
- Replace your car’s windshield wiper fluid with a wintertime mix.
- Proactively replace your car’s worn tires and wiper blades.
- To help with visibility, clean off your car entirely - including your trunk, roof,windows and headlights.