Winter officially began on December 21, 2020, also known as the Winter Solstice, (the longest night of the year)
Winter storms can include high winds, snow, rain, freezing rain, thunderstorms and more. This is a good time to take a few minutes and review your Winter Preparedness Plans.
Here are a list of winter preparedness tips.
For your Home:
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/windows.
- 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 long distances.
- Check on your Neighbors during and after winter storms.
- Be practical about the amount of time you spend outdoors. “It’s not the weather that will hurt you, it’s not being prepared for the weather that will hurt you”.
For more winter preparedness tips visit The Red Cross website
IAUMC Disaster Response Coordinator