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Winter Storm Prep - Part 3

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

After the storm

When the storm has finally passed, it may be tempting to get back to life as usual but that may not be possible right away. In severe cases, it may take days or even weeks to thaw out and get back to normal.

Some tips for after a major winter storm:

  • Only drive if necessary.
    • Remove snow and ice from your tailpipe before starting your car and check regularly if idling.
    • Clean all snow and ice from your car before driving.
  • Dress in warm clothing, stay dry, and prevent prolonged exposure to cold and wind.
  • Avoid overexertion clearing/shoveling snow. Overexertion can lead to a medical emergency.
  • Monitor local news and alerts for emergency information and instructions.

Did your home or property suffer damage in the storm? If your home is damaged, no longer safe, and/or has lost power, you’ll need to get help as soon as possible. What are your options?

  • You may want to go to a designated public shelter. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code (e.g., SHELTER 20472) to 43362 (FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area.
  • Friends, family, and neighbors will likely be the first to provide help. Plan with neighbors now to help each other and share resources.
  • Nonprofit and faith-based organizations often provide support immediately after a winter storm.
  • If you or someone in your household has a disability, an access or functional need, and receives disability services, contact your local disability service provider for assistance.
  • Insurance is an essential part of recovery. If you have insurance, you may receive financial compensation for some of your losses.
    • Take pictures to document your damage and file a claim as soon as possible.
    • Do what you can to prevent further damage (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof) because insurance may not cover damage that occurs after the winter storm.
  • Contact a leading restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Catonsville, to mitigate any damage and restore your property to its previous condition.


Have questions about winter storm prep or damage caused by storm conditions? We’re here to help. Call us at 410-242-7370.

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