Taking Care Of People, Pets, Plants & Pipes During Winter Storm

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The National Weather Service reminds us to take action and care for the 4 P's (People, Pets, Plants and Pipes) during wintery weather.


  • Pay attention to children and the elderly. They are especially vulnerable to the cold.
  • Dress in layers and wear a hat that covers your ears to retain body heat.
  • Wear gloves.


  • Bring all pets inside.
  • Pets that must be left outside should have an enclosed shelter with an entrance facing away from the wind.
  • Provide plenty of blankets for warmth.


  • Plants in containers should be brought inside if possible.
  • Water outdoor plants before a freeze to provide insulation to the soil and plants.
  • Cover the plants if possible.


  • Allow water to drip from faucets, especially those facing exterior walls.
  • Open cabinet doors.
  • Eliminate drafts where water supply lines are located in unheated areas.

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