A major winter storm can last for several days and be accompanied by high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall and cold temperatures. The aftermath of a winter storm can have an impact on a community or region for days, weeks or even months.
The National Atmosphere and Oceanic Administration suggests that you consider keeping the following items handy in case you’re caught in a major storm:
At Home and Work:
Primary concerns are loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day.
Have the following items available before the storm:
Flashlight and extra batteries.
Battery-powered portable radio to receive emergency information. These may be your only links to the outside.
Extra food and water. Have high energy food, such as dried fruit, nuts and granola bars, and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration.
Extra medicine and baby items.
Heating fuel. Refuel before you are empty. Fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a winter storm.
Emergency heat source: fireplace, wood stove, space heater.
- Use properly to prevent a fire.
- Ventilate properly.
Fire extinguisher, smoke alarm. Test smoke alarms once a month to ensure they work properly. Make sure pets have plenty of food, water and shelter.
Plan your travel and check the latest weather reports to avoid the storm!
Carry a Winter Survival Kit:
Mobile phone, charger, batteries
Flashlight with extra batteries
High-calorie, non-perishable food
Extra clothing to keep dry
Large empty can to use as emergency toilet. Tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes
Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water
Sack of sand or cat litter for traction
Windshield scraper and brush
Battery booster cables
Compass and road maps.
Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
Avoid traveling alone. Let someone know your timetable and primary and alternate routes.
The above is an excerpt from the article, “Winter Storms: Deceptive Killers.”
For more information, please visit www.nws.noaa.gov.