Are You Prepared for Winter's Wrath?

By Beth Casebolt


In most of our region, frigid temperatures and snow are on the way - ok, yes, we've already experienced that this year. This year, plan ahead so that you are ready to respond to severe winter weather:

  • Prevent frozen pipes by identifying pipes most likely exposed to freezing temperatures
  • If heavy snow is expected, have a plan to remove snow and prevent roof damage or collapse
  • Prepare for weather emergencies by having an emergency kit ready to go

Winter weather can be damaging and dangerous. View the Severe Winter Weather Checklist from Church Mutual’s partner IBHS for more information, or visit their website Ask Risk Control Central to contact one of their professional risk consultants.

Also visit the Church Mutual website Risk Control Weather Preparedness section to learn more about apps you can use, find a video and presentations to share and adapt a three step action plan for dealing with any type of weather disaster, be it summer or winter, expected or unexpected.

Winter weather also brings with it cold and flu season. Church mutual provides information about how to protect your members from major outbreaks and also advice on prevention and running flu shot clinics.

Church Mutual is the insurance provider for the UUA and many of our congregations. Their preparedness videos and resources are available to anyone, regardless of status with the company. They have resources on a variety of topics from background checks to financial controls to building safety and more. Their trending topics section includes information and resources about Data Encryption, Faith and the Law, Armed Intruders, Cyber Bullying, Senior Bullying, Religion and Politics, Marriage Equality, School Bullying, Overtime Regulations and Transgender Law.

This site can be a great resource for all our congregations looking to make their spaces safer and to protect their members in every way possible.

As always please reach out to your primary contact if you have questions about safety policies or just want another set of eyes to look at what your congregation has in place.

About the Author

Beth Casebolt

Beth Casebolt is the Operations Manager and Communications Consultant for the Central East Region. Prior to regionalization she served as the District Administrator for the Ohio-Meadville District, a position she started in November 2007. She is very interested in universal design, websites & more.

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