Significant snowfall, although an uncommon occurrence in our area is always a possibility. Because of its infrequent nature, we are not equipped to deal with its affects as much as northern states, where it is a common winter phenomenon. Therefore even snowfall amounts as low as an inch can wreak havoc on area roadways making travel treacherous. Because of this, the criteria used to warn for snow events is much less in southern states compared to our neighbors to the north.
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At Home and Work
The primary concerns are loss of heat, power, power, and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- Battery powered NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards and portable radio to receive emergency information.
- Extra food and water. Have high energy foods such as dried fruit, nuts and granola bars, and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration.
- Extra medicine and baby items.
- First-aid supplies.
- Heating fuel. Refuel before you are empty. Fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a major winter storm.
- Emergency heat source: fireplace, wood stove, space heater. Use properly to prevent a fire and ventilate properly.
- Fire extinguisher and 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! Fully check and winterize your vehicle before the winter season begins. Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Avoid travelling alone, and let someone know your timetable and primary and alternate routes.
Carry a Winter Storm Survival Kit:
- Mobile phone, cahrger, batteries.
- Blankets/sleeping bags.
- Flashlight with extra batteries.
- First-aid kit.
- 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.
- Tool kit.
- Tow rope.
- Battery booster cables.
- Water container.
- Compass and road maps.
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