Winter officially begins on December 21, 2019, also known as the Winter Solstice, (the longest night of the year.) However, it looks like winter will arrive in Iowa early this year.
Yesterday, several regions in Iowa saw snow and freezing rain, and in the next few days, we are forecasted to receive more.
Winter storms can include high winds, snow, rain, freezing rain, thunderstorms and more. This is a good time to take a few minutes and get prepared for winter weather.
Here is a list of winter preparedness tips:
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 or 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 them in front of doors/windows.
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 or 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 long distances.
**Check on your neighbors during and after winter storms.
**Be practical about the amount of time you spend outdoors, be prepared.
“It’s not the weather that will hurt you …it’s not being prepared for the weather”.
For more winter preparedness tips visit The Red Cross website ready.gov.
IAUMC Disaster Response Coordinator