Preserve habitats:

In your own backyard, consider plants to encourage migrating birds and butterflies – and avoid creating habitats for insects that carry disease.

Conserve water:

While you are considering changes in your own yard, choose plants and grasses that don’t need constant watering. This protects drinking water sources as well as keeps your water bills low.

Rethink your mode of travel:

Use mass transit more so that you minimize smog production, which increases in warmer weather. Carpool, bike or walk when possible.

Plan for weather disasters:

Have a family emergency plan in case of floods, tornadoes, extreme cold or heavy snowfall. Each family member should know where others will be and how to locate them. Each family member should have a “go bag” with flashlights and batteries, water, medications, cash and other essentials.