Preparing for Extreme Cold Hazards
There are some mitigation actions that both renters and homeowners can take, while other actions can only be taken by the owner of a home. Below, we
have color-coded the actions that both renters and homeowners can take in blue, and the actions for homeowners in orange. The mitigation recommendations
and costs in this guideline come from FEMA and other credible sources for natural hazard mitigation information. You can find references and suggestions
for further advice at the end of this section.
Extreme cold can range from near freezing temperatures in the southern United States to temperatures well below zero in the northern states. Extreme cold may cause water pipes to freeze
and burst, which can cause flooding inside a building.
1 Insulate pipes
2 Locating water pipes on the inside of building insulation and keep them out of attics, crawl spaces, and vulnerable outside walls
3 Add building insulation to walls and attics