It’s winter storm season in Pennsylvania.  Even if you don’t tune into the weather reports, you’ll recognize the signs of an impending storm by the parking lot of your local grocery store.

So how can you prepare in advance and stay safe when a winter storm hits?  We have some tips that will help before, during and after the storm.

Before:

  • Create a household and vehicle emergency kit with all the essentials, including water, food and any medication you take on a daily basis.
  • Listen for weather alerts and advisories so you’re not caught unprepared.
  • Charge your cell phone and keep a flashlight nearby in case of a power outage.

During:

  • Stay off the roads. This helps clear traffic for first responders.
  • If you have a generator, make sure to follow our Generator Safety Tips.
  • Stay warm and indoors. It’s a great time to pile on the blankets and cuddle up with a good book.

After:

  • When shoveling snow, dress warm and limit your time outside to avoid frostbite and overexertion.
  • Check on your neighbors, especially those who are elderly or have young children.
  • Monitor the weather alerts and advisories before heading back out on the road.

The Department of Homeland Security offers even more information on staying safe during snowstorms.  Check out their resources at ready.gov/winter-weather.