While the Farmer’s Almanac offers qualitative forecast predictions, we have advanced scientific technology to thank for the opportunity to anticipate imminent winter weather, allowing us time to prepare and preserve for the safety of our family, loved ones, and close neighbors. SCPT encourages you to prepare a Winter Storm Kit before the next storm strikes, and take precautions against potentially dangerous winter conditions.
- Obtain your storm supplies well in advance to avoid long grocery store lines, limited stock, and last-minute worries. Ready.gov suggests that your ideal Winter Storm Kit should contain items that may be needed in an emergency situation as well as necessities to sustain survival for up to 72 hours, in case of power outages or more extreme conditions.
- Download a Basic Family Emergency Supply list, offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to empower your planning. Must-have, key items include one gallon of water and several non-perishable food items per person per day (for at least 3 days); necessary daily or emergency medications or prescriptions; blankets & warm layers of clothing; flashlights and radio with extra batteries for each; first aid kit; personal hygiene items; matches in an airtight, waterproof container and fire extinguisher; and copies of important family documents, like identification, home insurance policies, etc. Be sure to think about the specific needs of all family members, like infants, elders, and pets to provide for their comfort as well. Keep an eye on expiration dates for all items, and update your supplies as your family needs change as well.
- If you or your loved ones require electricity to power medical equipment, it’s crucial to make energy arrangements with back up options now, in the event that winter power outages are extensive.
- Plan to stay inside during the brunt of the storm. While it’s important to have emergency access available, many roadways may remain inaccessible until your community deems it safe for heavy equipment to maneuver the streets.
- Once winter storm conditions diminish, take caution before venturing outdoors. The American Red Cross suggests drinking plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, stretching to reduce the risk of pulled muscles, and avoiding overexertion while shoveling. Heart attacks are a leading cause of death during winter months.
- Watch for signs of frost bite and hypothermia. It is important to layer warm, dry clothes and protect bare skin from exposure to the elements, especially high wind chills.
- Check on elderly neighbors and offer a helping hand. Share supplies with others, if needed. Sometimes, reassurance and safety checks make all the difference to those with limited mobility or who may be braving the storm on their own.
SCPT urges you to protect yourself and your family from winter weather conditions to keep warm and safe through the winter months.