Theme for the Winter Season: Be Prepared

With global climate change and its effect on weather patterns a big subject in the news, officials are encouraging the residents of areas prone to extreme weather conditions to be prepared even more so for winter weather. From devastating floods to deadly tornadoes, there is no telling what forms of weather will strike next. Being prepared in the case of all eventualities is wise.

Having enough supplies to last through an extended time of lost power is important during the winter months. Also of importance is being extra cautious when driving on slippery, winter roads. Take extra clothing or blankets in your vehicle in case you become stranded in your vehicle. The older generation should not overdo it with strenuous activities, such as shoveling snow.

It is also recommended that you have a winter weather emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle or at your place of work, which could mean the difference between life and death in severe cases. A kit should include:

  • Enough food and water for each family member, including pets, for three days
  • A first aid kit
  • Flashlights and other emergency lighting
  • A battery-operated radio
  • A NOAA weather radio
  • A car phone charger for your cell phone
  • Extra batteries
  • Extra clothing that allows for layering
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags
  • Important ID
  • Contact Numbers
  • Any important medications

Keep all of this in an easily transportable container in case you need to leave your residence.

Precautions should also be taken with your alternate source of heat, whether that be a fireplace, space heater, or other form of heat source. Also ventilate the area properly to prevent the buildup of toxic fumes or smoke. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an outbreak of fire, and make sure everyone knows how to use it.

Also be aware of where your water shutoff valve is in case a pipe breaks from the cold and you have to turn the water off.

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