Snow Storm & Blizzard Preparedness
Protect Your Home During Outages & Severe Weather
Capable of paralyzing a city for hours or days, New Jersey snowstorms are often accompanied by power outages, hazardous road conditions, and bitter temperatures. As with all types of inclement weather, preparation is key. The following tips and resources are designed to keep you, your family, and your business safe throughout unpredictable winters.
Winter Weather Terminology
When the weather forecast is confusing, remember these key terms provided by the Red Cross:
- Winter Storm Outlook: Be on the lookout for wintery conditions over the next several days.
- Winter Storm Watch: Winter storms may arrive in the next 36 to 48 hours. Those residing in warning areas should stay informed and be prepared for wintery conditions.
- Winter Weather Advisory: Potentially hazardous, inconvenient winter weather conditions are on the way. Act with caution and these conditions should not be a severe threat.
- Winter Storm Warning: Severe and even life-threatening storm conditions are occurring or will occur in the next 24 hours. Homes and businesses in warning areas should make immediate preparations.
Build a Winter Storm Preparation Kit
Since snow and ice can last several days or more, it’s important to have what you need to weather the storm. Gather the following items for your winter storm kit:
- Snow shovels & snow removal tools
- First aid supplies
- Coats, hats, gloves & extra blankets
- Flashlights & candles
- One gallon of water per person per day (enough to last at least 36 hours)
- Non-perishable emergency food (enough to last at least 36 hours)
- Cell phone & power inverter or portable charging pack
- NOAA weather radio (hand-crank or battery-operated)
- Spare batteries
- Prescriptions & medical supplies (contacts or glasses, syringes, pill cutter, etc.)
- Extra baby food, diapers & supplies
- Extra pet food & supplies
- Insurance & personal documents
- Household tools (screwdriver, multi-tool, etc.)
- Firewood or other heating fuel
- Rock salt or ice melt
When the Storm Hits
When the forecast calls for dangerous conditions, protect your family, pets and guests by:
- Minimizing travel and keeping first aid supplies and extra blankets in the trunk.
- Keeping vehicles winterized and fueled.
- Relocating outdoor pets to warm areas with plenty of fresh water.
- Keeping faucets at a slow drip to prevent freezing.
- Using generators and fuel-burning equipment in open, vented areas (never indoors or in your garage).
- Wearing layers and insulated footwear.
- Listening to an NOAA weather radio to stay informed about weather changes.
- Conserving laptop and cell phone power when storms are expected to arrive.
- Scheduling routine HVAC and electrical inspections twice a year to ensure that equipment works when you need it most.
To learn more about winter storm and blizzard preparation, visit the following sites for tips and valuable resources: