Risk Management Tip
Stay ahead of the polar vortex
February’s cold snap caused long-standing records to tumble across the Midwest and Eastern Seaboard. The National Weather Service warned that imminent, sub-freezing temperatures “will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.” Preparation is always key to keeping our families and homes safe, and that includes prepping for all forms of severe weather:
Around the Home
- Turn the heat up in your home
- Keep a stock of essential items such as a battery-powered radio, flashlights, spare batteries, water and food supplies that don’t require refrigeration or cooking, since power and gas could go out
- If you have a standalone generator, make sure you have extra gas on hand. If you do not have a generator, but have a fireplace or wood stove, have wood cut and ready to use
- Lock all windows and doors, and stabilize outdoor structures or furniture to help protect from high wind speeds
- Keep some cash on hand in case stores are out of power and credit/debit card machines cannot work
On the Road
- Do not drive unless absolutely necessary; roads can be dangerous and impassable at unpredictable locations. If there’s an emergency and you must leave, please make sure you have enough gas and emergency gear
- Stow emergency winter gear in your car. An ice scraper, cell phone, flashlight, jumper cables, tire chains, blankets, emergency phone numbers, lock de-icer, and extra food and water are items that can help
- If possible, keep your car in a garage when not in use
Health experts advise people to avoid being outside for too long, and dress in layers for warmth. Frost bite can set in and lead to hypothermia within minutes during extreme cold.
Find more weather information and a full list of Safety Guides available on ACE’s website library.