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Winter Weather Preparedness

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Winter weather preparedness is just as important as surviving the heat of the summer!

Did you know that you can use the same emergency preparedness kit you made for summer storms with only a few adjustments? In addition to including standard kit items (such as food, water, batteries, hand-crank radio, first aid supplies, medication, etc.), cold weather items should be added.

The American Red Cross suggests including the following:

  • 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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website also has some great resources for frequently asked questions about winter weather, such as recognizing signs and symptoms of hypothermia and knowing what to do if stranded in cold weather.

Ready.gov is another great place to look for winter weather preparedness resources. This website takes you through every step of preparing for winter weather, from beginning (like winterizing your vehicle and home), to during (like dressing for winter and driving in icy conditions), to after the weather has passed. Also included are related websites with additional information.

Stay safe this winter!

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