1. Blankets. One of the best things to ask your residents when it gets to this time of year is if they have blankets. This is especially true if they are older or prone to being cold. Even if the heating in your building works perfectly, there is always a chance that you can lose power or something else could go wrong. If you are a landlord that likes to give gifts to your residents around the holidays, you may want to give them a good blanket or two just in case they are left without power for an extended period of time.
2. Generators. Generators can literally save lives. While not every building can have an effective generator, it is more than worth it to check into the possibility of having one for the winter months, especially if it gets very cold in your area. Having something that can kick the power back on, or even just the heating, until power is restored can mean the difference between someone making it through the night safely or needing to go to a hospital. While they may be expensive, it is always worth the peace of mind to know that your residents will be safe if the power fails.
If the power goes out due to a snow or ice storm, it is always a good idea to try and contact your residents as soon as possible. If they are older or chronically ill, this may truly mean the difference between life or death. Making sure that your rental property has sturdy heating is something you should check each year regardless of what the generalized forecast says. Things can change in the blink of an eye and nature is no exception.