Winter Weather Preparedness

Heavy Snow 

Be prepared when Old Man Winter throws a tantrum. Jackson County Emergency Preparedness has prepared this list of tips to help you get ready for a winter storm and stay safe during a storm.

In advance of the Winter Storm

  • Pay close attention to the NWS extended forecast thru the local media and NWS approved Weather Radios
  • Make preparations for your vehicle
  1. Adequate tire air pressure
  2. Full tank of gas
  3. Check anti-freeze capability
  4. Carry sand for traction
  • Make preparations for your home
  1. Snow shovels and snow removal equipment
  2. Long term supplies of food and alternate forms of food preparation
  3. Weather Radios
  4. Back-up radios (portables for your home and automobile)
  5. Flashlights and batteries
  6. Prescriptions
  7. Bring pets indoors during winter weather
  8. Develop family communications plan including cell phones


During Winter Severe Weather

  • If possible stay indoors during the storm
  • Avoid over exertion when shoveling
  • Keep dry
  • Avoid bare skin exposure
  • Drive only if necessary
  • If you go outdoors dress in layers and use a coat with scarf, hat and gloves
  • Let faucets drip to avoid frozen pipes and maintain a minimum of 55 degrees if you should leave your house


If driving your car is necessary

  • Make sure your car is prepared for cold weather
  • Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle (blankets, flashlights, emergency food and water supplies, additional clothing, cell phone capability with mobile chargers)
    Driving In The Snow
  • Drive with head lights on 
  • Avoid using “cruise control”
  • Maintain at least half a tank of fuel
  • Have a snow shovel and sand bags in the vehicle
  • Let someone know your destination


If stranded in your vehicle

  • Pull off the road as far as you can
  • Remain in your vehicle
  • Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour and make sure your exhaust pipe is clear of obstruction - open a downwind window for ventilation
  • Turn on hazard flashers
  • Exercise to maintain body heat
  • Eat regularly and drink ample fluids
  • Turn on interior lights at night so work crews can see you