It is important to always be prepared when it comes to hazardous weather. You never know when something may happen. Especially considering one day it’s 72 degrees and the next it is 48 degrees. Having a plan in place ensures that you and your family or business is prepared. In many of the blogs that we will be posting in the coming weeks and months, we will talk about having an emergency kit. For the most part these emergency kits will have much of the same things: batteries, radio, non-perishable food, etc. There are a couple of things that you should have in your winter weather emergency kit that part from the normal items.
· Make sure you have rock salt or other such product to melt the ice on walkways. Rock salt does not have an expiration date so it can be purchased and stored months before an event takes place.
· Make sure you have sufficient heating fuel should your home or business lose power. Texas and Oklahoma are particularly prone to ice storms rather than snow. Ice is more dangerous because its weight tends to cause more tree limbs to fall on power lines. In case of a power outage, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
· Make sure you have adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm. Again, in case of a power outage, it is important to take every precaution to make sure that everyone is warm and toasty.
· Make a family communication plan. While in most cases, the Southern half of the country is particularly watchful of uncommon winter weather, there is the possibility that your family may not be together in the same place when a storm hits. Therefore, have a plan in place to determine how each member will contact one another.
· Listen to local news channels to keep yourself and your family or business up to date on weather conditions.
· Minimize travel. As stated previously, ice storms tend to be more dangerous than snow storms when it comes to roadway travel. Use good judgment and stay indoors if at all possible.
· Bring animals and plants to sheltered areas. It’s cold out there. Bring your pets and plants inside. Move other animals or livestock to a barn type area with non-frozen drinking water.
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Ready.gov. 2012. FEMA. Retrieved January 5, 2012. www.ready.gov