Disaster Response Winter preparedness tips

Disaster Response Winter preparedness tips

October 25, 2021

October 25, 2021  

The forecast for Iowa for the next 10 days includes the possibility of snow. This is a good time to take a few minutes and get prepared so that you are not caught off guard.  
 
Heimo from the “Last Alaskans” says “it’s not the cold that will kill you,  it’s not being prepared for the cold that will kill you.”
 
Personal:
  • Dress in layers to keep warm.
  • Keep your hands and head covered.
  • Check on your Neighbors during and after winter storms.
For Your Home:  
  • 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 a hand-operated can opener in case the power goes out.
  • 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 them in front of doors/windows. 
  • Don’t forget your pets, if it’s too cold for you outside, it’s too cold for them.  
For Your Vehicle:
  • Keep the gas tank 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, check in with family/friends while traveling distances.   
For more winter preparedness tips, visit www.ready.gov or www.redcross.org.
 
Blessings,  Stay Warm
 
Catie Newman
IAUMC Disaster Response Coordinator,  disaster.response@iaumc.org