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Things You Can Do to Stay Safe at Home Through a Winter Storm

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Before the Storm

Knowing the difference between a winter storm watch and a warning is important. The National Weather Service (NOAA) will issue a winter storm watch when there is a potential for heavy snow or significant ice accumulations, usually at least 24 to 36 hours in advance. The criteria for this watch can vary from place to place. NOAA will issue a Winter Storm Warning when a winter storm is producing or is forecast to produce heavy snow or significant ice accumulations. The criteria for this warning can vary from place to place. Keeping an eye on the weather in your area is one thing that can help you stay safe during a winter storm, especially if you need to travel. For more alert terms visit noaa.gov.

Have These Items Ready at Home During a Winter Storm. These Will Especially Come in Handy if You Lose Power and It’s Unsafe/Impossible to Travel:

  • Flashlight
  • NOAA Weather Radio
  • Extra Batteries
  • First aid kit and any necessary medications
  • At least a 3-day supply of water (1 gallon per person daily)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Matches
  • Candles
  • Shovel/Roof Rake
  • Cell Phone with Charger

During the Storm

  • Only travel if necessary, fill your gas tank before the storm rolls in and keep a supply of emergency items in the vehicle:
    • Blanket
    • Jumper Cables
    • Hand/Toe Warmers
    • Warm clothes (hat, gloves, scarf, etc….)
    • Non-perishable snack food
    • Water
    • Flashlight
    • Tow Rope
    • Spare Tire
    • Sand or Kitty Litter
    • Snow Shovel and Brush
    • Cell Phone Charger
    • First Aid Kit
  • Listen for any critical information from NOAA.
  • Dress in layers to stay warm.

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