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How to Prepare for a Snowstorm

Rainstorms aren’t the only winter weather hazard that the PNW is likely to see this year. Storms of all types including wind and snow are possible this winter. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, this region will see the most snow from mid-December to late January. No matter which storm event ends up being the most prevalent this season, it’s important to be ready before it occurs. Use the following preparation tips to help you withstand a snowstorm with minimal damage.



Before a snowstorm, stock up on essentials and be prepared to be confined to your home for an extended period of time. It’s important to put your winter storm plan to use in advance to avoid a last-minute dash to an empty grocery store.

  • Create an emergency kit containing non-perishable food and water that will last you a few days. Also include a flashlight, battery-operated radio and extra batteries. Don’t forget any medications or other personal necessities either you or your family members may need.
  • Subscribe to your local weather warning system.
  • Keep the cold air out by weather-stripping your doors and windows.
  • Fill your gas tank, keep blankets and some emergency supplies in your car.
  • Gather extra coats, gloves, hats and other warm clothes for your entire household.
  • Communicate with all of your family members about what to expect during a snowstorm.



Stay out of harm’s way and pay attention to snowstorm updates on your radio. Try not to wander outdoors until the storm warning is lifted.

  • Avoid driving or walking outside. Stay indoors if possible.
  • Pay attention to storm updates.
  • Check on neighbors. The elderly and young children may need extra help during severe weather.
  • Allow pets easy access to food, water and warmth. Setting up extra pet beds, blankets or even dressing them in boots and sweaters may be a good idea.
  • Make sure you set up generators correctly and limit their use to essential appliances.
  • Keep a close eye on space heaters. They use a lot of power and are highly flammable.
  • Learn the symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia. Take steps to prevent cold weather-related injuries by drinking plenty of water, taking breaks indoors and staying active when you are outside.



Even though the snow has stopped falling, icy roads or melting snow can still be hazardous.

  • Use caution when venturing outside for the first time.
  • Use sand or ice melt on sidewalks and driveways.
  • Avoid driving until road conditions improve.
  • If you decide to shovel snow, do so with care. It’s easy to overexert yourself with a task you’re not used to.


ServiceMaster of Tacoma has been serving our local community for over 40 years. We care about our neighbors. That’s why we stand for the highest quality standards possible all year long. Contact us to restore your peace of mind. We’re available 24/7 for emergency restoration services. When you need winter weather restoration from Seattle to Tumwater, you can count on us. The quicker you call the more damage we can prevent.


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