What to Do After a Winter Storm

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams

  • Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. Access may be limited to some parts of the community, or roads may be blocked.

  • Help a neighbor who may require special assistance--infants, elderly people, and people with disabilities. Elderly people and people with disabilities may require additional assistance. People who care for them or who have large families may need additional assistance in emergency situations.

  • Avoid driving and other travel until conditions have improved. Roads may be blocked by snow or emergency vehicles.

  • Avoid overexertion. Heart attacks from shoveling heavy snow are a leading cause of deaths during winter.

  • Follow forecasts and be prepared when venturing outside. Major winter storms are often followed by even colder conditions.

Many people have asked the Red Cross for information and suggestions about how to prevent water pipes in the home from freezing, and how to thaw them if they do freeze. The following information is provided to address those questions.

Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes
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