How to survive power outages in the winter

One man powered appliances in his house by plugging extension cords directly into his truck bed.

Video Transcript

- Your house is your personal sanctuary from the bitter cold, but when the power goes out, you'll have to take matters into your own hands. With a winter storm approaching, it's important to get an emergency kit together well ahead of time, containing flashlights, batteries, a battery powered radio, and a three day supply of water and non-perishable food.

Set your refrigerator to its coldest setting, and keep the door closed as much as possible to preserve perishable food longer. In a power outage, water pipes become more susceptible to freezing. Keep a small stream of water running from the sink to combat this.

Have backup power, such as a generator, for power-dependent medical devices. Never operate a generator inside or near windows, as they release very harmful carbon monoxide fumes. And always keep your gas tank at least half full. For more safety preparedness tips and tools, visit accuweather.com/ready.