The forecast for Iowa for the next week is for continued cold temperatures and colder wind chills.
Heimo from the Last Alasakans
says “it’s not the cold that will kill you, it’s not being prepared for the cold that will kill you.” Take a few minutes and get prepared so that you are not caught off guard.
For your Home:
- Be practical about the amount of time you spend outdoors. Frostbite happens quickly.
- Dress in layers to keep warm.
- Keep your hands and head covered
- Check on your neighbors during and after winter storms
For your Vehicle
- Have a plan for how you will keep warm if the power is off for an extended time. (DO NOT use the oven or a gas powered source inside your home)
- Have fresh batteries, flashlights or candles in a convenient place
- Have some food that does not need to be cooked/heated to eat
- Have some water stored in a convenient place (the suggested amount is one gallon per person/animal, per day)
- Block drafts by rolling up towels and blankets and placing in front of doors and windows
- Keep the gas tank in your vehicle at least half-full all the time
- Have an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes extra warm clothing, water and packaged snacks
- If you get stuck/stranded, STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE, you will stay warmer out of the wind and will be easier to find
- Let someone know where you are headed and check in with family and friends while traveling
For more winter preparedness tips visit The Red Cross website: ready.gov
Blessings, Stay Warm
IAUMC Disaster Response Coordinator