Winter Storm Safety Tips

'Tis the season for winter storms, and they are here--torrential rains in Oregon, mud slides in southern California, beach erosion along the Pacific Coast. Even San Francisco, San Mateo County and the Silicon Valley have been pelted with heavy rain and hail in recent days.

rain clouds

So, let's refresh our memories about emergency supplies we should have at hand:

  • bottled water - a 7-day supply of 1 gallon/person per day
  • food - a 7-day supply of food for all members of your household, including pets
  • manual can opener for those cans of pre-cooked food
  • flashlights, headlamps, and batteries
  • first-aid kit
  • tarps, rain gear and warm clothing
  • cash on hand - ATMs might not be working
  • gasoline in you car
  • standard phone and/or cell phone - cordless phones may not work during a power outage

One last tip: keep a pair of shoes under the bed, near the edge, so they are easily found in the dark

rain storm in SF



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Comment balloon 40 commentsLottie Kendall • December 15 2015 06:29PM


Great reminder.

I keep an army blanket and a tarp inside my car trunk. 

Sam Shueh

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) almost 5 years ago

What a wonderful list of ways to be prepared for a winter storm. Thanks for putting it together and sharing it with us.

Posted by Rosemarie Heindel, Rosemarie Heindel (Harry Norman Realtors) almost 5 years ago

Hi Sam Shueh - great idea to keep a blanket and tarp in the car

Hi Rosemarie Heindel - storms have been few and far between in my area of California, so reminders can come in handy. Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 5 years ago

Hi Lottie, that is great advice, thanks for sharing.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) almost 5 years ago

Wow, Lottie!  Love that sky.  You've made it look really threatening.  I was waiting to read a snow post, but you don't need snow to have a dangerous situation.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

I love your photos Lottie. Winter safety is very important even in San Fran.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) almost 5 years ago

Lottie, great tips and valuable if you should experience an emergency.   Hope you stay safe and dry!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 5 years ago

Hi Sybil Campbell - we Californians need to be reminded from time to time

The sky actually looked just like the pictures, Patricia Kennedy - shot with my Samsung Galaxy 3 no less.

Yes, Noah Seidenberg - being prepared is important, winter is here.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 5 years ago

Actually, Joan Cox the rain has been such a treat here and such a rarity, I've enjoyed it immensely. Our rains haven't caused great hardship here, although a few trees and limbs came down.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 5 years ago

A portable generator for power ourages taht can lst for days.  A good one can be had for undre $1000.  It can help keep the home warm by keeping the furnace running and the refridgerators and freezers running also

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) almost 5 years ago

A great list to start, I remember when we did not have power for 9 days. Its crazy what we take for granted!

Posted by Stefan Winter, Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech (Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger) almost 5 years ago

I sure we get some rain this winter in so cal. DWP is raising rates again.

Posted by Doyle Davison, 30 years as your Concierge services listing broker (Hawaiian Beaches Hawaii - 714-968-6767) almost 5 years ago

All great ideas—everyone be safe and have a wonderful holiday and happy new year!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 5 years ago

Let's hope for some rain for you guys! That would be nice! Good luck and blessings! Let me know how it goes.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 5 years ago

Lottie Kendall - oh yes, winter is coming - and better have this checklist handy....thanks for sharing.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 5 years ago

Lottie this is a great post. So glad parched northern CA is getting a good soak, and at least so far without too much disruption. Love your Galaxy 3's photo ... my first thought was the storm in the old Wizard of Oz movie.

One addition to the list for preparation is a good pair of walking shoes stored in your car. If you get stuck you definitely don't want to walk miles in heels!

Posted by Kathleen Luiten, Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales (Resort and Second-Home Specialist) almost 5 years ago

 Good morning Lottie. Congratulations on the feature and it is good to hear that California is starting to get some much needed rain.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Lottie, Thank you for sharing the tips. Congratulations on the featured post.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 5 years ago

Excellent safety tips.....I am so "not ready" for any type of emergency and know better Lottie.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing:

keep a pair of shoes under the bed, near the edge, so they are easily found in the dark!!!


Posted by Sham Reddy CRS, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) almost 5 years ago

Lottie those photos were perfect to drive home the importance of being prepared.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 5 years ago

Great bullet points.  Having lived through a few natural disasters, including the Northridge quake in 1994, I was most surprised to realize that when widescale power is out, gas stations can't pump gas and ATMs don't work.  You are basically left to fend for yourself with what you had at the random time of the event.  With storms, we get some warning and it is a VERY good idea to heed it.

Posted by Rob Spinosa, SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County (Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA) almost 5 years ago

There are emergency kits you can actually buy online.  For a few hundred dollars you can get food, water cleansing pills, and emergency kits.  Everyone should have these just in case. 

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Hope you are staying safe, Lottie. The shoes tip at the end of your post is a new one for me. Just goes to show you can learn something new everyday in the Rain.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) almost 5 years ago

Great reminders, and I might also add a portable recharger that's ready to back up your cell phone battery.

Posted by Ron Barnes, "Most agents claim they're #1 - I THINK YOU'RE #1! (Associate Broker at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Georgia Properties) almost 5 years ago

Yes, it is the season when the drops in temperatures also makes for extra precautions

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 5 years ago

Wow, what a bunch of spammers here!

These are great tips for safety in storms -- hopefully the preparations will be done, but never needed.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) almost 5 years ago

Excellent tips....I don't have anywhere enough water on hand and need to get some!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 5 years ago

We were visiting my family back in Michigan two years ago when a huge ice storm came through and knocked out power for three days. Everyone fired up their generators and huddled around the fireplaces. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) almost 5 years ago

Either do all these things and be safe or head over to Lottie Kendall 's

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Lottie. Excellent advice. Your post could be a handout. Well done.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 5 years ago

I hadn't thought of the shoes, great additional tip. Having been raised in the land of earthquakes, the rest is just habit for me. 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) almost 5 years ago

I was thinking winter storms looked like this ... 


... so thanks for the great reminder that storms come in all manner around the country and the safety tips apply to all. :0)

Posted by Becca Rasmussen (HomeSmart Cherry Creek) almost 5 years ago

HI Lottie, great tips and water is so important, I also leave leashes by my back door also!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) almost 5 years ago

Thanks for the reminder to be prepared, Lottie Kendall . Being safe and having appropriate supplies and tools as you've listed can make a bad storm situation a bit easier to get through. Great pictures, too.
Thanks for sharing and I hope you avoid the bad weather!


Posted by Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale (C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100) almost 5 years ago

We all need to be reminded Lottie Kendall of what can come our way.

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) almost 5 years ago

Lucky I think that I live in a place likely not to have to deal with something like that.  Yet, if I go north, should have something for the car.

Posted by David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor, Your local Expert (Keller Williams Realty Phoenix) almost 5 years ago

Good tips to keep everyone safe as we approach the winter.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 5 years ago

Hi Lottie - I don'[t even want to think of a rain storm with dropping temperatures on those SFO streets.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) almost 5 years ago

Wow, so different than our preparedness.  We need to pack a flashlight, candle & matches, blanket. hat, gloves, scarf, boots, power bars (or equivalent), shovel and cat litter or sand bags.  Can you guess where I live?

Posted by Cheri Long, Metro Denver Realtor- Your Home is my PRIORITY (Metro Brokers/Priority Properties, Inc.) almost 5 years ago