Emergency Management News

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tips from #RedCross for #AltusOK folks

With potential winter storms approaching our state, the American Red Cross has begun preparing our volunteers and partners for response activities if needed. And urge you to take steps now to stay safe when severe weather threatens.

     “By preparing together for winter storms, we can make our families safer and our communities stronger,” Janienne Bella, Regional CEO said. “We can help you and your family create a disaster preparedness plan now, before our community is threatened by dangerously low temperatures, snow, ice and strong winds.”
     As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death. The Red Cross recommends that individuals and families prepare for winter storms by:

• Assembling an Emergency Preparedness Kit: Pack a winter-specific supply kit that includes a warm coat, hat, mittens or gloves, and water-resistant boots, along with extra blankets and extra warm clothing. Sand or non-clumping kitty litter is good to have on hand to help make walkways or steps less slippery. Additionally, make sure you have a first aid kit and essential medications, canned food and can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries in your home in the event of a power outage.

• Heeding Storm Warnings: A winter storm WATCH means winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions via NOAA Weather radio, or local radio or television stations. A winter storm WARNING means that life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. Individuals in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

• Preparing Your Home and Car: Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full, which will help to keep the fuel line from freezing. Make sure your home is properly insulated by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to help keep cold air out. Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year. Running water, even at a trickle, helps to prevent pipes from freezing.

     Here at the American Red Cross, disaster preparedness and response are our top priority. Volunteers and partners are on standby, prepared to open shelters and facilitate any necessary response activities.

     Take the time now to be prepared for the potential winter weather! Click here for more safety tips on Winter Weather Preparedness: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm

What are you doing to prepare?

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