As we blogged about in the “What We’re Watching” Friday, the National Weather Service expects significant snowfall in the Central Rockies throughout the Plains states. The National Weather Service forecasts up to 12 inches of snow in parts of Colorado and New Mexico and 4 to 7 inches of snow forecasted farther north and east.
We are closely monitoring the storm system and will continue to monitor as it develops. We encourage residents in those states to closely monitor the storm and encourage all residents to prepare for the winter by visiting Ready.gov/winter for steps on preparing your home and family for the winter months.
To get you started here are a few steps you can take to ensure you’re prepared:
- Be sure to update your family's emergency supply kit and add items such as snow shovels, extra blankets, rock salt (or more environmentally safe products) to melt ice on walkways, and appropriate clothing (i.e., hat, gloves, and scarf).
- Have an emergency kit in your car in the event you are stranded by a blizzard or traffic jam. Be sure to include items you would need to stay warm and comfortable.
- Make a family communication plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
- Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).