Winter Resources

March 25, 2024 - Massachusetts Department of Public Health Updated Recommendations for the General Public to Prevent the Spread of Respiratory Viruses 

Stay home if you have symptoms of any respiratory illness, like the flu, COVID-19, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). 
Overview of things you can do to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Get vaccinated for flu and COVID-19
  • Stay home when you are sick (follow the recommendations below)
  • Use hand and respiratory hygiene 
  • Wear a mask around others 
  • Get tested for flu and COVID-19 so you can get treated
  • Avoid crowded areas and maintain physical distance
  • Increase fresh air 

For more information, please use the link below for full update.
Staying home to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses |

Winter Weather Preparedness
Keep yourself and your family prepared this winter season by being Winter Ready. 
View our resources below for more information.

CDC Be Ready! Winter Weather
CDC Be Ready! Winter Weather

CDC: Avoid, Spot, and Treat Frostbite
Eat Safe Food after a Power Outage - English
Eat Safe Food After a Power Outage - Spanish
Department of Fire Services: Keep Warm, Keep Safe: When Heating Your Home This Winter - ENGLISH
Department of Fire Services: Keep Warm, Keep Safe: When Heating Your Home This Winter - SPANISH
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency: Suggested Emergency Kit Checklist
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency: Winter Emergency Car Kit Checklist

Website Links:
Extreme Cold Safety Tips
Indoor Safety During and After Winter Storms
Power Outages Safety Tips

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Individual Community Preparedness
This year resolve to be prepared, here are some resolutions that we can all make to be better prepared.

Make an emergency plan: choose a safe place to meet, learn evacuation routes, and establish an out-of-town contact.
• If you have a pet, make sure you have a photo of you and your pet together in case you get separated during a disaster.
• Get to know your neighbor and invite them to be a part of your emergency plan.
• Snap photos of important documents and save them in a secure place or online.
• Set up group text lists so you can communicate with friends and family during emergencies.
• Take a class in CPR and first aid.
• Keep and update emergency supplies; remember to include cash.
• Have back-up power sources available to charge devices in case of a power outage.
• Snap pictures of your property for insurance purposes.
• Check your insurance for coverage on disasters like floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes.
• Sign up for alerts and warnings. Download the FEMA App to get real-time alerts, safety tips, and locate open shelters. 
• Remember, you don't need to spend money to start disaster preparedness planning, Visit the low and no cost tips page on for additional information on how to get started.

During this winter season, be prepared for ALL potential winter risks and issues that may happen. From preventing house heating fires, preparing for outages, or even winter travel, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched a #WinterReady campaign to provide resources on what to do and how to prepare for such emergencies. Please visit the link below for more information and resources:
FEMA: #WinterReady

Do you need help with Fuel Assistance this 2023-2024 winter season? LEO is here to help!
Please view the flyers below for more information:

LEO Fuel Assistance Flyer English  LEO Fuel Assistance Flyer English
LEO Fuel Assistance Flyer Spanish  LEO Fuel Assistance Flyer Spanish