For a lot of folks across the country, winter has already come in like a lion. There’s been snow in the mid-Atlantic, Mid-West and Nevada is currently getting dumped on with feet of snow in some areas. The Metrodome collapsed and California and Hawaii are currently experiencing some serious severe weather.
But, as your local meteorologist will probably point out on your evening newscast today, December 21st, is actually the first official day of winter. Which means, if you haven’t already, now is a great time to get ready for winter.
Winter storms can bring high winds, heavy snow, and rain, causing power outages and hazardous travel.
That’s why we urge families to maintain an emergency supply kit at home and in the car. An emergency kit should include food and water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio and extra flashlights and batteries. And if you haven’t yet, make sure to update your kit for winter by including:
- Rock salt to melt ice on walkways;
- Sand to improve traction;
- Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment;
- And adequate clothing and blankets to help keep you warm.
You can start small. Why not find your local emergency management office and see if they offer alerts or other ways to stay informed? Why not sit down with your family and develop a family communications plan?
These small steps can make a big difference for you and your family.
Be safe this holiday season and be prepared.