Winter Is Coming. Are You Ready?
Winter is on its way; there's no getting around it. Taking the following steps can help you get prepared for what's ahead and give you peace of mind:
- Replace the batteries in your clocks. You never know when winter weather will knock out the power overnight. Don't be left scrambling the next morning.
- Replace lightbulbs inside and out. Shorter days mean you'll be relying on artificial light to get through the long winter nights.
- Check and replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Check your fire extinguishers. If the arrow in the gauge on the top is in the green, you're good to go. If it's in the red, it's time to recharge or replace your extinguisher.
- Prepare a winter emergency kit for your car.Essential items include warm clothes, hat and gloves; a blanket; a flashlight and extra batteries; bottled water and nonperishable snacks; flares; jumper cables; and sand or kitty litter for traction.
- Review your inclement weather emergency supply kit and replenish items as needed.
- Prepare a cold and flu supply kit. Including items like a thermometer, non-aspirin fever reducer, cough medicine and decongestants, along with canned soup, ginger ale or lemon lime soda, and plenty of tissues means you'll be prepared if illness strikes.
- Plan ahead for backup child care.
- Plan alternative transportation arrangements, such as borrowing a vehicle or hitching a ride to work.
Knowing you are prepared can help reduce the stress and anxiety that often come with winter and the threat inclement weather.
About the Author
Scott Supernaw, MSEd, CEM, is the system-wide emergency management coordinator with Cone Health Emergency Management.