What We’re Watching: 1/3/14

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At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.

Winter Storm Update

People across the country are being impacted by severe winter weather. According to our friends at the National Weather Service, another winter storm is expected to affect the Central and Eastern U.S soon. The storm is currently developing over the Northern Rockies and Plains with blizzard conditions forecast for many areas in the Northern Plains. Extreme low temperatures and dangerous wind chill are expected for many parts of the Central and Eastern U.S., and there’s a chance of heavy snow from the mid-Mississippi Valley to the Great Lakes on Saturday and into northern New England on Sunday.

If severe winter weather is expected in your area, here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Stay up to date with your latest forecast – visit weather.gov or mobile.weather.gov on your smartphone for the latest conditions in your area.
  • Listen to local officials – stay tuned to the news and listen to directions from local officials.
  • Limit travel during a storm – only venture out on the roads if it’s absolutely necessary. If you must travel, let someone know your destination, the route you plan to take and when you expect to arrive.
  • Have an emergency kit in your vehicle – if a winter storm develops suddenly, have supplies on hand in case you’re stranded in your vehicle.
  • Take precautions for power outages – winter storms often cause power outages, so be sure your family and home take steps to sustain yourselves for at least 72 hours

For more winter safety tips, visit Ready.gov/winter or http://m.fema.gov on your mobile device.

New Year – New Resolution

We’re three days into 2014 and it’s not too late to make your New Year’s Resolution! Why not make a resolution to ensure you and your loved ones are better prepared for an emergency?

Having a family communication plan is the first step to ensuring you and your family are prepared for an emergency. It’s also a great way to talk to your kids about emergency preparedness and incorporating them in getting prepared.

So this year, make a family communication plan that answers – who to call, where to meet and what to pack.  That’s it, a basic family communication plan that answers those three questions. Simple enough, right?

Keeping our New Year’s Resolutions can be tough, but making these plans to ensure you and your family members are prepared is simple and can make all the difference in an emergency.

Happy New Year!

Last Updated: 
01/03/2014 - 15:13

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