Severe winter weather is a reality for many states in the Midwest and Northeast.
Whether forecasters expect a severe or mild winter, those predictions are based on averages. Even a so-called mild winter can have periods with heavy snow or extremely low temperatures. Blizzards are perhaps the most extreme example: heavy snow driven by high winds and whiteout conditions.
So how does one prepare for severe winter weather?
The first inclination for many of us is to drive to the closest grocery store and stock up on the essentials to help carry us through the upcoming event! While adequate provisions are an important consideration, there are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself and your family: