How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

With the blizzard on the way into our area, it’s important to put together a winter emergency kit in case of power outages and extreme conditions. Here are some tips to keep you safe today into tomorrow:
•    Keep your gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
•    Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
Put Together a Supply Kit
•    Water: at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
•    Food: at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
•    Flashlight
•    Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
•    Extra batteries
•    First aid kit
•    Cell phone with chargers
•    Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
•    Tools/supplies for securing your home
•    Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
•    Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
•    Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves
Protect Your Pets
•    Please bring your pets inside during cold winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas and make sure they have access to non-frozen drinking water.
•    Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate a pet’s paws. Wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.
•    Antifreeze is a deadly poison. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze out of reach.
Tips for Motorists
•    Use major streets or highways for travel whenever possible as these roadways will be cleared first.
•    Drive slowly. Posted speed limits are for ideal weather conditions. Vehicles, including those with 4-wheel drive, take longer to stop on snow and ice than on dry pavement.
•    If you skid, steer in the direction you want the car to go and straighten the wheel when the car moves in the desired direction.
•    Keep the name and phone number of at least one local towing service in your car in case you break down or become stuck in the snow.
•    If you get stuck on the road stay with your car and contact a towing company.
Tips for Pedestrians
•    Exercise caution and avoid slippery surfaces; some ice may not be visible.
•    Wear layers including a hat, gloves and scarf to stay protected from the cold. And, keep clothes and shoes dry.
•    Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered if you go outside.
•    Have heightened awareness of cars, particularly when approaching or crossing intersections.

Stay indoors as much as possible and keep your family safe with these tips!

Source: 7Online
 

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This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

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