What to do when a storm threatens...

The following information is intended to help you use the final hours before the storm hits most efficiently, highlighting things you can do now that are intended to help keep your family safe and minimize damage to your home.


Protect Your Home.

Test and Fuel Your Generator. Confirm that you have plenty of generator fuel to get you through a potentially extended power outage, or that its permanent fuel supply line is unobstructed. While many generators feature a regular “test mode” cycle, owners of the quietest models have reported not knowing whether or not the tests ran. As such, consider starting it up to ensure it’s working properly so as to avoid surprises when it’s needed most.

Prevent Ice-Damming and Future Damage Following the Storm. Heavy snowfall and temperature fluctuations can lead to the formation of ice dams. Ice dams form when heat collects in the attic and warms the roof, except at the eaves. Snow then melts on the warm roof and then freezes on the cold eaves. Ice accumulates along the eaves, forming a dam. Melted snow from the warm roof backs up behind it, flows under the shingles, and potentially into the house.

To prevent ice dams:

Prevent Frozen and Burst Pipes. When water freezes in a pipe it expands, often causing the pipe to burst. This is a major cause of loss for homeowners; however, there are actions you can take to help avoid it. Follow these tips to help proactively prevent loss.

Move your Car to the Garage. Protect your car from ice and nearby branches, which can break and fall due to the weight of snow, by moving them indoors.


Protect Your Family.

Here are a few things every family should consider, as well as some additional resources you might find helpful:

Check your disaster kit. Make sure it has enough food, water, batteries, and other supplies to last your family at least three days. Click to read what a well-stocked kit should include.

Driving Safely in the Snow.