Prepare for Winter Weather

Winter storms in Nebraska can bring very cold, freezing rain, ice, snow, high winds, or a combination of all of these conditions. Below are some tips to help you properly prepare for a winter storm and know how to protect yourself before, during, and after one.

Now/Prepare

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings.
  • Create and test emergency plan(s).
  • Stock emergency supplies, and install battery-powered or battery backed-up carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors.
  • Review your property insurance, and make sure all your important papers are in order.
  • Get trained on needs your family may have. Also, consider volunteering for Four Corners.
  • Identify a place nearby where you can safely warm up should you lose heat in your home.
  • Build your emergency kit for your car. Examples to include in your Emergency kit;


  • First Aid Kit
  • Cellular Phone Charger
  • Jumper Cables
  • Flares
  • Whistle
  • Water & snacks
  • Full tank of gas
  • Flashlight
  • Tow rope
  • Boots
  • Mittens
  • Warm clothes
  • Blankets
  • Shovel 
  • Ice scraper
  • Snow Brush
  • Snow traction mats and bags of sand or cat litter (cat litter helps with the tire traction) 
  • Tire chains or snow tires. 
  • Any item you would require for you and your family’s specific needs if stranded.


During/Survive

  • Stay indoors and off the roads. If you must drive, keep emergency supplies in your car. NEVER LEAVE YOUR STRANDED CAR TO GET HELP.
  • Close off rooms to keep the heat in.
  • Dress in layers, and use blankets to stay warm.
  • Bring pets into a warm place and out of the storm or when it’s very cold.
  • Never use a generator, camp stove, charcoal grill, or gasoline or propane heater indoors, as these items can start accidental fires, cause electric shock, and/or cause deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Never heat a home with a cooktop or oven.
  • Limit your time outdoors, and stay dry.

After/Be Safe

  • Only drive if necessary. Remove snow and ice from your tailpipe before starting your car, and check regularly if idling. Clean all snow and ice from your car before driving.
  • Dress in warm clothing, stay dry, protect your skin from the cold and wind, and try not to overdo it when clearing/shoveling snow. Take break as needed.
  • Monitor local news and alerts for emergency information and instructions.
  • Check on neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.

For more preparedness information on keeping yourself and your family safe during winter storms go to www.ready.gov , www.redcross.org or contact Four Corners Health Department at (877) 337-3573. Watch for additional winter survival tips by following us on Facebook, Twitter, or our website www.fourcorners.ne.gov.