Winter storms can last for days here in Nebraska and it’s always a good idea to be prepared.  Here are a few tips from Alan Morrow, our Maintenance Director. 

  1.  Be prepared.  Make a home emergency safety kit.  The kit should have enough supplies for at least three days.  Include water, nonperishable foods, a can opener and any medications you might need. 
  2. Keep a battery powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, and a fully stocked first aid kit. 
  3. Keep warm clothing in a storage tote to ensure it stays dry.  Include extra socks, hats, mittens, and shoes.  Have enough for everyone. 
  4. Keep a supply of blankets and towels on hand.  These items can be use to keep you warm and block drafts and doorways to conserve heat. 
  5. Keep a snow shovel by the door so you do not have to go outside to retrieve it.  Keep a container of salt or ice melt by the shovel to improve traction.
  6. Insulate your pipes to prevent them from freezing.  Allowing water to run at a slow trickle can also help prevent pipes from freezing. 
  7. Know how to shut off your utilities.  If you must evacuate ensure you can shut them off to prevent damage.  Write down instructions in clear concise detail so all adults can shut them off if needed.
  8. Ensure your animals have shelter.  Put straw in outdoor shelters to help keep them warm, or if possible, bring them inside.  Allow extra food rations can help them keep their body temperature up as well.  Put extra pet food and water supplies for them in with your home emergency supply kit. 


Hopefully we have a mild winter with no emergencies, but it’s best to be prepared.  Talk with family members to ensure everyone knows the emergency plan, where to meet and how to contact each other.   Stay safe and enjoy winter, it’s only a few months.