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Preparing for Winter Weather

Beautiful Snow ImageWith winter upon us it’s time to seriously consider preparing for winter weather.  It can come in a variety of ways; snow, sleet, freezing rain.  There are some things we can do to minimize the impact all of this can have on us.  First of all listen for information about what to do and where to go during an actual emergency.  Install carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home and outside bedrooms.  Carbon monoxide is color less and odor less and it kills. Be prepared for a power outage by considering alternate heating methods such as a fireplace or wood / coal-burning stoves.  When the temperature drops to 32 degrees running water, even at a trickle helps prevent pipes from freezing.

Don’t forget about your pets; bring them inside during severe winter weather.  Move other livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen water.

Take care of yourself and your family.  Wear several layers of clothing and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.  Watch for signs of frostbite such as loss of feeling along with paleness in the tip of the nose, fingers, toes, and ear lobes.  Beware of hypothermia; signs include uncontrollable shivering, slurred speech, drowsiness, memory loss or disorientation.

Most important of all create a plan for your family.  Your family might not be together when an ice or snow storm strikes.  That’s why it is important to have a plan in place.  Talk about how you will reach each other.  Prepare a basic emergency kit kept in a container that can be easily carried in the event of an immediate evacuation.