WinterReady

Is Montgomery County WinterReady?
WinterReady and the MontCoReady programs are an initiative to prepare the common public, first responders, commuters, and workers (both in Montgomery County and around the area) for severe winter weather. When a snow storm strikes, be ready for whatever mother nature throws at you with emergency kits for your home and car, and an emergency plan in place.

Prepare Your Home & Family
  • Prepare for possible isolation in your home by having sufficient heating fuel; regular fuel sources may be cut off. For example, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
  • Winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.
  • Winterize your house, barn, shed, or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock, or equipment. Clear rain gutters, repair roof leaks, and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
  • Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
  • Know ahead of time what you should do to help elderly or disabled friends, neighbors, or employees. 

Prepare Your Car

Check the following items on your car: 
  • Antifreeze Levels - Ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
  • Battery and Ignition System - They should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
  • Brakes - Check for wear and fluid levels.
  • Exhaust System - Check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
  • Fuel and Air Filters - Replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season.
  • Heater and Defroster - Ensure they work properly.
  • Lights and Flashing Hazard Lights - Check them for serviceability.
  • Oil - Check your oil for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
  • Thermostat - Ensure it works properly.
  • Tires -  Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.
  • Windshield Wiper Equipment - Repair any problems and maintain a proper washer fluid level.
  • Winter Emergency Kit - Place a winter emergency kit in each car.