Review Heat Sources
After a very severe winter storm, a loss of power is possible, which can have devastating impact when temperatures drop very low. Even if you heat your home with natural gas, if the electrical power is disrupted your furnace may cease working. If possible, make sure you have some means of keeping your home warm. If you have a wood burning fireplace or stove, gather together a supply of wood that can last at least three days. Space heaters that burn kerosene or some other fuel can be useful, though they must be used carefully due to the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. At the very least, make sure you have heavy clothing available that you can quickly bundle up in should temperatures fall very quickly in a house without heat. In an extreme emergency, climbing into a car with the heater running can provide quick warmth—but never run a car inside a garage.