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Emergency Quick Tips to Prepare for Winter

Post Date:11/18/2019 4:30 PM


By the Emergency Management Division

Jeffory Mulcahy, Sandy City Emergency Manager

801-568-7279 or


What happened to fall? I’ve heard that a few times as cold temperatures seem to be hitting early this year. With that in mind, are you ready for freezing temperatures, road closures, severe storms, ice, electrical outages, etc.? Fortunately, we have prior warning when it comes to storms, which gives us time to prepare, but do you want to wait? Severe storms can cause power outages that can last for days, stores will be scavenged, and roads will be turned to ice. These storms bring additional hazards and waiting to prepare yourself and your family right before one hits, or right when it gets here, will leave you way behind. 

There’s still time. You can get ready now! Plan ahead for peace of mind in an emergency. Here’s what you’ll need to prepare:


This is the most important thing to have on hand. What if the water pipes burst in your home or water becomes inaccessible? Have a stash of water that will last you for three days or more, for both drinking and sanitation. The general rule of thumb is to store one gallon of water per person per day.


You don’t want to be “hangry” in an emergency situation. Have enough food for three days or more (and don’t forget your pets). Store foods that are easy to prepare such as freeze-dried meals (adjust your water storage accordingly). They can sit on the shelf for 25 years and are always ready to go. Oh, and don’t forget the comfort foods.


Stay clean! Have wipes and hand sanitizer on hand. You may not have many options for “washing.” 

Infant Care

Do you have enough diapers tucked away that will get you through to the next visit to the store? Also, don’t forget formula and/or baby food. 

Light and Heat

No power means no lights, and most likely your furnace won’t function either. Think about alternative sources of light and heat. Additional blankets and propane heaters (those made for indoor use) will keep you comfortable, until power is restored. Flashlights and battery-powered candles can provide light.


Always maintain half a tank of gas and be sure to top off before a storm. Top off your propane tanks as well. You may need to cook on your grill or boil water.


Boredom can strike quickly. With the power out what other options will you have? Your laptop battery won’t last forever, so what will you do? Some activities may include reading, board games, card games, and other family favorites. Regardless, have things for the family to keep occupied.


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