Heat, Water, and Food
During a winter outage, your house can stay warm for several hours. Having a well-insulated house, storm windows and sealing your windows will help keep your home warmer. Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible. If you have prior notice of the storm, fill your bathtub and spare containers with water. This way you will have plenty for drinking, cooking, and washing until service is restored. Food will stay frozen between 36 to 48 hours in a fully-loaded freezer if you keep the door shut. If the freezer is only half-full, the food will keep for 24 hours. During winter months you can store food in an unheated garage or outside in a cooler.