Severe Winter Storm Preparedness

Jan 17 2019 - As we anticipate the potential for significant snowfall this weekend, take some time to review your family emergency plans.

Here are a few safety tips:

- Have extra blankets on hand at home and in vehicles

- Have a communication plan in the event of a sudden storm. Carry important contact numbers with you and distribute to family, friends and caregivers.

- Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit Containing

1)First aid kit and essential medications.

2)Battery-powered NOAA Weather radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.

3) Canned food and can opener.

4) Bottled water (at least one gallon of water per person per day to last at least 3 days).

5) Extra warm clothing, including boots, mittens, and a hat.

- Avoid unnecessary travel.

- Listen to NOAA Weather Radio and your local radio and TV stations for updated storm information.

- Stay indoors during the storm.

- If you must go outside, several layers of lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat. Gloves (or mittens) and a hat will prevent loss of body heat.

- Cover your mouth to protect your lungs.

- Understand the hazards of wind chill, which combines the cooling effect of wind and cold temperatures on exposed skin.

- Walk carefully on snowy, icy, sidewalks.

- After the storm, if you shovel snow, be extremely careful. It is physically strenuous work, so take frequent breaks. Avoid overexertion.

- Avoid traveling by car in a storm, but if you must... Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk.

- Keep your car's gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.

- Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined


If You Do Get Stuck...

- Stay with your car. Do not try to walk to safety.

- Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna for rescuers to see.

- Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won't back up in the car.

- Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running so that you can be seen.

- As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to keep blood circulating and to stay