Sussex County Delaware
Winter Storms
Winter Storm Preparations ...

You should begin preparing for a winter storm before it strikes. Following are some preparation tips:

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The primary concerns are the potential loss of heat, power, telephone service, and a shortage of supplies if the storm continues for more than a day. You should have available:

  • Clothing -- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing in layers that can be removed to avoid perspiration and chill. Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellant and hooded. Wear a hat. Cover mouth to protect lungs. Mittens are better than gloves.

  • Flashlight -- Plus extra batteries.

  • Battery-Powered Radios -- A portable radio and a NOAA Weather radio to receive emergency information. These may be your only links to the outside world.

  • Extra Food, Water -- High energy food, such as dried fruit or candy, and food that requires no cooking or refrigeration is best.

  • Extra Medicine and Baby Items

  • First-Aid Supplies

  • Heating Fuel -- Fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a severe winter storm.

  • Emergency Heating Source -- Fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc. Have proper ventilation and learn to use them properly to prevent a fire. Always have and test regularly your fire extinguisher and smoke detectors.
In a Vehicle

Plan your travels and check the latest weather reports to avoid the storm.

  • Winterizing -- Fully check and winterize yor vehicle before winter.

  • Winter Storm Survival Kit
    • Blankets and sleeping bags
    • Flashlight with extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Knife
    • High-calorie, non-perishable food
    • Extra clothing
    • Large empty can and plastic cover with tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes
    • Smaller can and water-proof matches to melt snow for drinking water
    • Sack of sand or cat litter
    • Shovel
    • Windshield scraper and brush
    • Tool kit
    • Tow rope
    • Booster cables
    • Water container
    • Compass and road maps

  • Full Tank of Gas -- Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.

  • Travel Itinerary -- Let a friend or relative know your timetable and primary and alternate routes.
On the Farm
  • Move Animals to Shelter -- Shelter belts, when property laid out and oriented, are better solutions for cattle than confining shelters such as sheds.

  • Extra Feed -- Haul it to nearby feeding areas.

  • Water Supply -- Most animal deaths in winter storms are caused by dehydration.
  • Winter Storm Preparation
  • Winter Storm Family Disaster Plan
  • Watches, Warnings Explained
  • When Caught in a Winter Storm
  • Hypothermia and Frost Bite
  • Mid-Atlantic Winter Storms
  • Causes of Winter Storms
  • Winter Storm Deaths
  • Impact of Winter Storms
  • Types of Winter Precipitation

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