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Winter storm weather preparation

By Citizens Insurance

Citizens Insurance, Hanover Insurance, Michigan
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Before the weather outside becomes frightful, use this checklist to prepare for a winter storm.

Food and water

  • Water—at least a three-day supply; one gallon per person, per day

  • Food—at least a three-day supply of non-perishable, high-energy, easy-to-prepare foods

  • Baby formula and food

  • Pet food

TIP #1 Set your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings in case the power goes out.

Heating and lighting

  • Extra blankets

  • Generator and gas to run for 24+ hours

  • Candles

  • Flashlights and extra batteries

  • Alternate supplies for heating methods, such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stovesFire extinguisher

TIP #2 Never use a generator inside. Place it outside where exhaust fumes can't enter through windows, doors or cracks.


  • Fully charged cell phones, tablets, etc.

  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio

  • Extra batteries

TIP #3 Tempted to play games on your phone during the storm? Save the charge in case there's an emergency.

Shovels and tools

  • Shovels and tools for clearing snow and ice

  • Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery

  • Snowblower gassed (start it to ensure it's ready)

TIP #4 — A roof rake can help prevent structural and water damage to your home.

Medical and personal hygiene

  • Medications—have at least a seven-day supply

  • Medical items—hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.Sanitation and personal hygiene items

  • Baby diapers and wipes

  • First aid kit

TIP #5 If you are low on medications, visit your pharmacy to ensure you have enough for one week.

Important information

  • Family and emergency contact information

  • Copies of personal documents

  • Extra cash—in case there is no power (no ATM)

TIP #6 Have the phone numbers of your independent insurance agent and the insurance company should you need to file a claim.


Davison, Burton, Flint, Fenton, Beecher, Flushing, Grand Blanc, Swartz Creek, Linden, Mount Morris, Clio, Argentine, Michigan, Citizens Insurance, Auto Insurance, Home Insurance,

329 N State Rd, Davison, MI 48423

(810) 653-2602

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