How to Prepare for Extreme Temperatures

How to Prepare for Extreme Cold

Residents and businesses can take steps to prepare their homes and facilities for extreme cold temperatures. To prepare, remember the 4 Ps:

  • People
  • Pets
  • Plants
  • Pipes


Check on your family, elderly and neighbors that may need help winterizing their home or a warm place to stay.


Bring pets indoors and ensure adequate warmth for livestock.


Bring potted plants indoors or put them in your garage. Apply a thick layer of mulch around other plants. Water your plants ahead of extreme cold to trap heat or slow heat loss around the plant. Or, cover your plants with a sheet, box, or container.


Cover or insulate exposed pipes, including those under raised homes. Open cabinets to allow heat to reach under-sink pipes in your home. Leave faucets dripping during a hard freeze. 

Learn more about how to prepare for extreme cold from the National Weather Service (link)