Winter Storm Preparation

It’s no secret that Michigan receives ample snow during the winter season. Last year alone, our state saw over 176 inches of it; that’s over 14 feet! If you haven’t already prepared for the brutal winter storms that are ahead, now is the time! For many residents, substantial snowfall isn’t new; however, that shouldn’t keep anyone from preparing ahead of time to prevent unwarranted problems and to ensure your safety.

Whether it’s your first time dealing with snow or it’s your hundredth time, it never hurts to refresh your mind. It’s common to think, “This won’t happen to me,” but the truth is, it very well could. Make sure to follow these winter storm safety tips! Doing so could mean the difference between having peace of mind and warmth and being without. The best decision you could make is to be proactive so that when it comes to be reactive, you have a clearer mind.

A few prominent organizations have compiled great tips on what to do before, during, and after a winter storm. We truly care about your safety and peace of mind; our goal is to instill some type of calmness within your life during this time, because let’s face it: winter storms can be chaotic, even for the pro’s.

FEMA has put together a compressive printable packet, which includes information on storm preparation. Below is a succinct checklist that you can easily pin onto your refrigerator. Don’t let the saying “Out of sight, out of mind” become your reality. Keep this on hand so that you don’t forget anything!



The Red Cross has also put together a useful checklist you can keep on hand. Even though FEMA and Red Cross share much of the same content on their check lists, it’s good to keep both on hand for added measure.


When severe weather hits, there is a lot at stake, your safety and warmth being at the top of the list. If you find yourself without heat, call a licensed HVAC technician as soon as possible. Hopefully, you can gather items that will help keep you warm when you are without heat. Depending on the severity of a storm, it could be several hours, a day, or even a few days until a technician can come to your home. In the meantime, make sure to keep these items in your home:

  • Purchase a space heater – You will be glad to have invested in of these. If you’re not sure which one to purchase, give us a call! We are happy to help determine the best solution for you.
  • Layer up – Pile on the t-shirts and sweaters. You might experience some difficulty in getting around easy, but we guarantee it will be worth it. Warmth > Looks
  • Blankets – Some people sleep better in the cold, however, if it’s too cold things can become miserable. Load up on blankets! You can even purchase heated blankets for extra warmth.
  • Warm foods and drinks – Now isn’t the time to be drinking an ice-cold coke or treating yourself to a deli-style sandwich. Stick to hot foods and drinks, like soups and teas.
  • Stay with Family or Friends Close by – If you can, stay with nearby family or friends until someone can perform a repair.
  • Avoid the Outside – If your heat is out, the last thing you want is to go outside. Stay indoors, and keep all doors and windows closed so that you can trap the remaining heat.