Extreme Cold: Before

Plan Ahead

Know the 5 P’s of Cold Weather Preparedness

  • People: Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, even in Florida, runs the risk of hypothermia. Make sure you are adequate clothed, stay dry, and minimize exposure time if heading outdoors.  Check on friends and neighbors who may be more vulnerable to extreme cold (e.g. elderly, people with special needs, inadequate home heating capacity).  Refer those in need to cold weather shelters established by city and county authorities. 
  • Plants: The hard freeze temperatures predicted can easily kill outdoor plants that are not cold tolerant. Bring them indoors if possible, or cover them up.
  • Pets: Just like you, pets in Florida are not accustomed or equipped to these temperatures. Please bring them indoors.
  • Pipes: Exposed pipes run the risk of freezing and bursting. They may result in tremendous water loss or extremely dangerous ice conditions on walkways and roadways. The same is true for irrigation systems; do not turn sidewalks into ice rinks. Cover up exposed piping where possible or turn faucets on to a slow drip. 
  • Practice Fire Safety: As tempting as it is to cozy up to a warm fire or space heater, there are specific things you must do to prevent a fire. Be aware of the fire danger from space heaters and candles. Keep these devices away from all flammable materials such as curtains and furniture, and install recommended smoke detectors.

Have a winter emergency kit prepared

  • Top off your fuel tank in your car. 
  • Sufficient heating fuel or firewood for a wood-burning stove or fireplace.
  • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep warm.