Be Prepared for Winter Weather and Low Temperatures

Friday, January 10, 2014

Though I love winter along with all of the snow and cold that it brings - I wasn't quite ready for it to be so cold. The snow outside is beautiful but the temperatures dropped to below freezing!

This means staying inside where it is warm and foregoing building a snow man. At least for now. The kids aren't exactly happy about that. However, when you have to bundle up to check the mailbox that's attached to your house: it's just too cold! When we heard that temperatures would dip to dangerous levels - we set into action. We prepared our home to deal with the weather. We gathered items that would be necessary if our power and heat source went out. We checked our supply of non-perishable food and made sure that we had plenty of water should the pipes freeze.

“Dangerously low temperatures are in the forecast and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants individuals and families to be safe when faced with the hazards of cold temperatures.
“Subfreezing temperatures can be dangerous and even life-threatening for people who don't take the proper precautions,” said Andrew Velasquez III, FEMA Regional Administrator. “It is important for everyone to monitor their local weather reports and take steps now to stay safe during times of extreme cold temperatures.”

During cold weather, you should take the following precautions:

• Stay indoors as much as possible and limit your exposure to the cold;

• Dress in layers and keep dry;

• Keep your devices charged;

• Check on family, friends, and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance;

• Know the symptoms of cold-related health issues such as frostbite and hypothermia and seek medical attention if health conditions are severe;

• Bring your pets indoors or ensure they have a warm shelter area with unfrozen water;

• Make sure your vehicle has an emergency kit that includes an ice scraper, blanket and flashlight – and keep the fuel tank above half full.

You can find more information and tips on being ready for winter weather and extreme cold temperatures at You can also follow Ready online on Twitter at and on Facebook at”