The National Weather Service Chicago advises you to prepare a readiness kit to prepare for the impending and future winter storms.
Be prepared, before the storm strikes! All storm preparations should be completed by around noon on Tuesday the latest.
At home and at work, primary concerns are the potential loss of heat, power, telephone service and a shortage of supplies. With winds gusting up to 45 mph and higher on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, there will be a heightened chance of power outages.
You should have available:
It is recommended to stay indoors during the storm, but if you must venture outside, wear layered clothing under a coat as well as gloves or mittens and a hat to prevent loss of body heat and protect extremities from frostbite, as wind chills temperatures are expected to fall below zero during the height of the storm, Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning.
Travel is highly discouraged during the worst of this storm, as it may become impossible or nearly impossible, but if you absolutely must travel:
Carry a winter storm survival kit including the following items:
Keep your gas tank near full for emergency use and to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
Try not to travel alone, and be sure to let someone know your travel plans - your timetable and route.
If you get stuck in your vehicle, stay with it. Do not try to walk to safety, and tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna for rescuers to see. Start the vehicle and use the heater for about ten minutes every hour, keeping the exhaust pipe clear so fumes don't back up in the car.
On the farm:
After the storm passes on Wednesday afternoon, avoid driving until road conditions have improved- stay tuned to local media for updates. When shoveling snow, be extremely careful, as snow shoveling is physically strenuous work. Take frequent breaks and avoid overexertion- heart attacks from shoveling snow are a leading cause of death during the winter. Help neighbors who may require special assistance, especially families with infants, the elderly, and people with disabilities.