Winter Storm Preparedness

Necessary Items to Have Prior to a Winter Storm

  • At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • At least a 3-day supply of water; one gallon per person per day
  • Baby supplies
  • Dry wood for fireplace or wood stove
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Pet supplies
  • Warm clothing Heavy coats, hat and gloves, blankets, hand / foot warmers

Public Shelter

Falmouth High School located at 874 Gifford Street in East Falmouth will be open to the public as a shelter prior and during a winter storm. For additional help and information about the shelter call 508-495-2602.

During the Storm

  • Stay indoors during the storm.
  • Drive only if absolutely necessary. Drive during the day and never alone. Stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts. Let someone know of your predetermined route, destination, and approximate arrival time.
  • If necessary to go outside, dress warmly, and beware of slippery ice and snow.
  • Avoid overexertion while shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack - a major cause of death in the winter. Use caution, take breaks, push the snow instead of lifting it when possible, and lift lighter loads.
  • Signs of frostbite - Occurs when the skin and body tissue just beneath it freezes. Loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, earlobes, face, and the tip of the nose.
  • What to Do Cover exposed skin, but do not rub the affected area in an attempt to warm it up. Seek medical help immediately.