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Posted on: January 4, 2024

Winter Weather Preparedness Tips

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Winter in Provincetown can bring about challenging weather conditions, including snowstorms, freezing temperatures, and coastal storms. To ensure the safety and well-being of yourself, your loved ones, and your property, it's crucial to be prepared for the winter season. The following provides valuable information and tips to help you prepare:

Stay Informed:

  • Monitor local weather forecasts regularly to stay updated on approaching storms and changing conditions.
  • Sign up for emergency alerts from the Town via text message, email, or phone call at https://alerts.provincetown-ma.gov/. Please encourage your friends, neighbors, and others to subscribe as well.   
  • Check the Town’s website and Facebook page for updates.

Build a Kit to Support You/Your Family with supplies for 3-5 days. The kit should include:   

  • Bottled water and food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated.   
  • Flashlights, a radio, and extra batteries.   
  • Phone chargers.   
  • First aid kit with medications.   
  • Special medical equipment, if needed.   
  • Personal care items.   
  • Water
  • Blankets and warm clothing

Prepare for Power Outages:

  • Keeping your devices fully charged.    
  • Storing flashlights and batteries in an easily accessible location.   
  • Having extra batteries, medicine, blankets, canned goods, and bottled water on hand.   
  • Keeping refrigerators closed as much as possible and setting the temperature at 45° or below. Food will stay fresh for between 36-48 hours in a full fridge; 24 hours in a half-filled one.   

Prepare Your Property:

  • Insulate your home to conserve heat and reduce energy costs.
  • Check and maintain your heating system before winter begins.
  • Ensure that windows and doors are properly sealed to prevent drafts.
  • Secure outdoor furniture and trash/recycling receptacles in case of high winds.
  • Keep a supply of rock salt or ice melt to make walkways safer.

Winterize Your Vehicle:

  • Equip your vehicle with snow tires and ensure they are properly inflated.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid fuel line freeze.
  • Pack a winter car emergency kit, including a blanket, snacks, a flashlight, and a shovel.

Have an Evacuation Plan:

  • Familiarize yourself with local evacuation routes in case of severe weather events.
  • Have a plan in place for relocating to a safe location if necessary.
  • Communicate the plan with family members and neighbors.

Protect Your Pets:

  • Bring pets indoors during extreme cold weather.
  • Ensure your pets have access to fresh water, as it may freeze in colder temperatures.
  • Prepare a comfortable and warm space for your pets inside your home.

Take Precautions for Extreme Cold:

  • Dress in layers to stay warm and protect against the cold.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to extreme cold temperatures, especially if wind chill is a factor.
  • Hypothermia can occur in extreme cases.  The warning signs are uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion.  If the person’s temperature drops below 95 degrees, seek immediate medical care.

Know Your Important Contacts:

  • For any EMERGENCY in Provincetown: 9-1-1
  • For the PROVINCETOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT non-emergency line: 508-487-1212
  • For the PROVINCETOWN FIRE DEPARTMENT non-emergency line: 508-487-7023   
  • For the PROVINCETOWN DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS: 508-487-7074 or email sprada@provincetown-ma.gov   
  • For power outages, contact EVERSOURCE directly: 1-800-592-2000 or online at https://www.eversource.com/content/residential/outages  
  • For VERIZON service issues: 1-800-837-4966   
  • For COMCAST service issues: 1-800-266-2278  

When severe weather is in the forecast, the Town will share important information by sending out alerts to subscribers, posting information on the Town’s website, social media, and more.

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