The following tips are from the Deerfield Police Department:
Make sure you have a battery-powered radio and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio receiver for listening to National Weather Service broadcasts.
When listening to emergency broadcasts, know what winter storm warning terms mean:
Winter weather advisory: expect winter weather conditions to cause inconvenience and hazards.
Frost/freeze warning: expect below-freezing temperatures.
Winter storm watch: be alert; a storm is likely.
Winter storm warning: take action; the storm is in or entering the area.
Blizzard warning: seek refuge immediately! Snow and strong winds, near-zero visibility, deep snow drifts and life-threatening wind chill.
Prepare your car with emergency supplies:
- Cell phone with portable charger
- Windshield scraper
- Battery-powered radio
- Extra batteries
- Snack food
- Extra hats, coats, mittens
- Chains or rope
- Tire chains
- Canned compressed air with sealant
- Road salt and sand
- Booster cables
- Emergency flares
- Bright colored flag; help signs
- First aid kit
- Tool kit
- Road maps
- Waterproof matches and a can to melt snow for water
- Paper towels