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Winter Weather Preparedness

Get tips from DIY Network on being prepared for winter weather.

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Tools & Materials

Drinking water
Flashlight with extra batteries
Plastic sheeting
Duct tape
Manual can opener
Non-perishable food
Hand-crank NOAA weather radio
Battery-powered cell phone charger
Snowplow attached to SUV or truck

Being Prepared

Tip: Prepare for winter weather before it arrives.

Assemble an emergency kit.

Tip: Include at least one gallon of water per person per day for three days; a flashlight with extra batteries, medications, plastic sheeting, duct tape, non-perishable food.

Tip: Use plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal windows and doors if the power goes out and you need to preserve heat.

Get a manual can opener to use if the power goes out.

Best Practices

For weather alerts, get a hand-crank NOAA weather radio, which does not need batteries.

To keep cell phones working, get a battery charger with extra batteries.

For easy snow removal, attach a plow to the front of your car or truck.

Tip: Get a plow that is easy to attach and detach.

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