Creating a plan for these scenarios helps keep you and your family safe. It is always a good idea to have an emergency kit ready when winter weather strikes:
- Water and nonperishable food – enough to support each family member for up to three days (including pets)
- Battery-operated radio and batteries
- A power bank to keep your mobile phone charged
- First aid kit
- Flashlight and batteries
- Cash (bills and change)
- Comfortable clothing for each family member utilizing layering and at least one change of clothes
- Blankets and/or sleeping bags for each family member
- Unique family needs like prescription medications, eye glasses, pet supplies and infant supplies
- Tools and materials for emergency repairs
- A snow shovel
- Fireplaces, kerosene space heaters, and other combustion-based sources of heat when used safely and vented properly
It is also a good idea to maintain contact with your neighbors and check in on any elderly people who live nearby.
Keep an eye on the forecast for winter weather. If snow is predicted, it may be cleared or melt in a day or two. If it is ice, there is the potential for extended periods of power loss. Each scenario is different. Make sure your family is prepared for the next winter weather event.
About the Author
Ben Wooten, MPA, CEM is an emergency preparedness specialist with Cone Health Emergency Management.