Do the terms “Angry Inch” and “Jonas” still give you a chill? There’s no time like now to get prepared. Make your plan and gather supplies before the storm arrives. Winter storms can affect our area between November and March, but there has been snow fall as early as October and as late as May. Are you prepared to go through another Jonas again?
Before a Storm
Start preparing for a storm as soon as one is predicted.
- Check on Your Neighbors. See if they need help preparing for the storm.
- Check Your Supplies. Make sure you have enough supplies for you and your family for at least 3 days.
- Test Your Detectors. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace your batteries or detectors as necessary.
- Register for Arlington Alert. If you’ve not already done so, register to receive emergency notifications.
- Be Informed. Listen to the radio and local TV stations for updates.
- Fuel Your Car. Make sure your gas tank is full.
- Park Off the Street. Parking off the street is preferred. If you can’t park in a garage or driveway, collaborate with your neighbors and park all cars on one side of the street which helps plows clear snow more efficiently.
During a Storm
- Stay Off the Roads. Let responders and road crews do their job. Only travel if absolutely necessary.
- Let Faucets Drip. A slight amount of running water will help prevent pipes from freezing.
- Check on Your Neighbors. Make sure family, friends and neighbors are okay.
- Listen for Updates. Listen to the radio or local TV stations for updates.
After a Storm
The effects of a winter storm may be felt for days. Continue to take precautions afterwords.
- Take Breaks. Clean-up snow and ice slowly and take lots of breaks. Push rather than lift snow, and don’t work to the point of exhaustion.
- Take Care of your Sidewalk & Hydrants. Don’t forget to clean up the sidewalk adjacent to your property. Help the fire department by keeping the fire hydrant closest to your home clear.
- Check on Your Neighbors. Assist those who need it to clear the driveways & sidewalks.
Winterize Your Home
- Update Your Emergency Supplies. Have enough supplies to last you and your family for at least 3 days. Consider items such as:
- Ice melt
- Extra blankets
- Winterize Your Go-Bag. Consider additional items during the winter, such as:
- Warm socks
- Hat & Mittens
- Service Heating Equipment. Have your HVAC and chimney professionally cleaned.
- Insulate Your Walls & Windows. Caulk and weather strip doors, and cover your windows with plastic.
- Make an Alternative Heating Plan.
- Stock up on extra wood for your fireplace.
- Plan where you’ll go if you lose heat.
- Check Your Alarms. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and install new ones if necessary.
Winterize Your Car
- Have Your Vehicle Checked. Make sure your car’s in good working order before winter, and have a mechanic check the following:
- Fuel & air filter
- Heater & defroster
- Lights & hazards
- Winterize Your Car’s Emergency Kit. Update your car’s emergency supplies so you are prepared for winter weather. Include:
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Bright colored cloth for distress flag
- Booster cables
- Emergency flares
- Flashlight & batteries
- First aid kit
- Sand or kitty litter for traction
- Windshield scraper & small broom
- Fuel Your Car. Always keep your gas tank at least 1/2 full in case you are stranded during an unexpected storm.
Know the Terms
- Winter Weather Advisory. Issued by the National Weather Service when weather may present a hazard but does not meet the criteria for a warning.
- Winter Storm Watch. Issued by the National Weather Service when a winter storm is possible in your area.
- Winter Storm Warning. Issued by the National Weather Service when a storm is occurring or will occur in your area.
- Find more terminology here.