Although our state is not too familiar with freezing temperatures, we still need to stay prepared during these remaining winter months. Here are some tips from FEMA that can help you stay Red Cross Ready all winter long:
- During winter months, keep your car’s gas tank at least half full for emergencies. This should keep the fuel line from freezing.
- Winter storms & blizzards can knock out power. Make sure your home emergency kit is stocked up with extra blankets, gloves, and hats – and that you also have a plan to stay warm if power cannot be quickly restored.
- Some great emergency kit items for your car during the winter months: a shovel, flashlights, water, matches, blankets, booster cables & emergency flares.
- If winter weather is expected in your area, listen to a NOAA weather radio & follow local news for the latest forecast and conditions.
Also keep in mind that house fires are most common in the winter due to cooking, wood fires, and space heaters. Be sure to regularly check those fire alarms to make sure you and your family are safe!