Winter Storm Preparedness Checklist | Electricity Company in Texas

Winter storms can bring in blizzards and below-freezing temperatures, ranging from disastrous effects to inconvenient conditions. Being prepared is always a smart decision! At NEC Co-op Energy, we want to make it simpler for you to prepare your home, save on energy costs, and stay safe and warm during severe weather emergencies.

Preparing for a winter storm doesn’t need to be a last-minute, disorganized frenzy. With this winter storm preparedness checklist, you can get an early start in your preparations.

Stocking your pantry

If you keep your pantry adequately stocked with shelf-stable foods and other household essentials, your family won’t go without should the weather or a power outage keep you at home until the storm clears.

Here are some of the essentials that you should buy well in advance of an impending winter storm.

  • Canned goods (especially stews and soups)
  • Bottled water (should be 1 gallon per person per day, should last for at least 3 days)
  • Cereal
  • Snacks like cookies and crackers in sealed packages
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned salmon and tuna
  • Canned vegetables
  • Hard cheeses (wax sealed)
  • Jarred sauce and dried pasta
  • Nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Energy bars
  • Jerky
  • Coffee, hot cocoa mix, and tea
  • Shelf-stable juice
  • Paper towels and toilet paper

Last-minute food essentials

  • Eggs
  • Bread

Emergency essentials

Be sure that your family has an emergency kit that has the following:

  • Battery operated radio
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Waterproof matches
  • Can opener
  • Solar chargers or portable power banks
  • First aid kit
  • A kerosene or propane space heater for indoor use
  • Thermal emergency blankets


Other important considerations

  • If your family has a backup generator, make sure that you replace old fuel that may have already gone stale, and top off your fuel supply. Ensure that it is up-to-date on maintenance like filters, oil changes, and spark plugs. Also, check if that your extension cords are in good shape and that they are rated for generator use.
  • Don’t forget to fill up your car’s gas tank. The weather may take a turn for the worse and deliveries could be disrupted.

If you live in an area that experiences severe winter weather, make sure to have this winter storm preparedness checklist handy and plan ahead.