Winter Storm Preparations ...
You should begin preparing for a winter storm before it strikes. Following are some preparation tips:
Home and Work
The primary concerns are the potential loss of heat, power, telephone service, and a shortage of supplies if the storm continues for more than a day. You should have available:
In a Vehicle
- Clothing -- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing in layers that can be removed to avoid perspiration and chill. Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellant and hooded. Wear a hat. Cover mouth to protect lungs. Mittens are better than gloves.
- Flashlight -- Plus extra batteries.
- Battery-Powered Radios -- A portable radio and a NOAA Weather radio to receive emergency information. These may be your only links to the outside world.
- Extra Food, Water -- High energy food, such as dried fruit or candy, and food that requires no cooking or refrigeration is best.
- Extra Medicine and Baby Items
- First-Aid Supplies
- Heating Fuel -- Fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a severe winter storm.
- Emergency Heating Source -- Fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc. Have proper ventilation and learn to use them properly to prevent a fire. Always have and test regularly your fire extinguisher and smoke detectors.
Plan your travels and check the latest weather reports to avoid the storm.
On the Farm
- Winterizing -- Fully check and winterize yor vehicle before winter.
- Winter Storm Survival Kit
- Blankets and sleeping bags
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First aid kit
- High-calorie, non-perishable food
- Extra clothing
- Large empty can and plastic cover with tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes
- Smaller can and water-proof matches to melt snow for drinking water
- Sack of sand or cat litter
- Windshield scraper and brush
- Tool kit
- Tow rope
- Booster cables
- Water container
- Compass and road maps
- Full Tank of Gas -- Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
- Travel Itinerary -- Let a friend or relative know your timetable and primary and alternate routes.
- Move Animals to Shelter -- Shelter belts, when property laid out and oriented, are better solutions for cattle than confining shelters such as sheds.
- Extra Feed -- Haul it to nearby feeding areas.
- Water Supply -- Most animal deaths in winter storms are caused by dehydration.
- Winter Storm Preparation
- Winter Storm Family Disaster Plan
- Watches, Warnings Explained
- When Caught in a Winter Storm
- Hypothermia and Frost Bite
- Mid-Atlantic Winter Storms
- Causes of Winter Storms
- Winter Storm Deaths
- Impact of Winter Storms
- Types of Winter Precipitation
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