Posted by: Patricia Hysong | October 5, 2014

Be Prepared Before the Storm Hits

With the news of an upcoming storm in our area, I found myself outside putting the last remnants of summer away (the bike, the remaining potting soil, the lawn equipment) and bringing out the necessary equipment for removing the piles of snow we were predicted to get. It turned out to be barely a dusting but the temperature dipped down to a mere 20°F. Burr!

The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as the “Deceptive Killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. Instead, people die in traffic accidents on icy roads and of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.

To prepare for winter storms, here are a few basic things you should do:

Add the following to your existing emergency kit

  • Rock salt or other products to melt ice on walkways
  • Sand to improve traction
  • Snow shovel and other snow removal equipment
  • An alternative heat source in case your normal source\service is interrupted
  • Adequate clothing and blankets for warmth

Make a Family Comminication Plan so everyone knows what to do and how to contact each other in case you are not all together when an emergency situation happens.

Make sure you have a way of receiving weather and news updates if power is limited or out. Get a battery operated weather radio, sign up to receive notices from your local emergency services, and\or get one of the many free apps for you phone from places like FEMA or the American Red Cross that will give you information on shelters, first aid and getting assistance.

Don’t travel unless absolutely necessary and if you must, make sure your vehicle is equipped to handle the weather you may be facing and is stocked with an emergency kit.

Make sure your pets and other animals are protected from the elements by moving them to or providing shelter in a weather protected area with access to non-frozen drinking water.

Information obtained and adapted from the following source: http://www.ready.gov/

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

 

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