Winter Emergency Response Plan to Keep Your Family Safe
When severe winter weather hits your area, there’s no escaping it. Somehow you have to deal with the snow and ice and in the greater Mid-Atlantic region, it also means below freezing temperatures. Cities and businesses have a winter emergency response plan, so why not your family, too? Take these steps to plan for those winter storms that may be bombarding your home soon.
- Make a family communication plan. You might not be together when severe weather hits. Does everyone have a way to contact each other? Make sure you know how you can communicate during bad winter conditions.
- Keep winter emergency items in your car. If you are on the roads during a winter storm, an accident could leave you stranded. Equip your car with items like a blanket, extra boots, hats, gloves, and warm winter socks – just in case your feet get wet. Cat litter or sand can provide traction on icy surfaces. An ice scraper, snow brush, and shovel are important, too. Have a cell phone handy to call for help. A set of jumper cables might come in handy if your car won’t start.
- Check the weather before going out. Does your community use the radio, television, or text messages to warn the public of incoming winter storms? Figure out the best way for your family to know when severe weather is approaching.
- Prepare your home for a power outage. Icy or windy conditions can cause power lines to go down. Be prepared for a power outage by keeping these items handy:
- battery-operated flashlights
- canned food or other food you don’t need to cook
- manual can-opener
- bottled water
- extra blankets
- first aid kit
- prescription medications that might be needed
- cell phone phone chargers – be sure they’re fully charged to give your cell phone a boost
- Prevent frozen pipes. When a cold snap is going to hit, keep under-sink cabinets open to allow warm air into them, and also keep your indoor temperature warm. Turn faucets on just a little so water continuously drips from them.
- Be ready for slippery, snowy walkways. Have a shovel on hand, and stock up on a de-icing product.
- Check on your neighbors. Some people may not be prepared for the winter weather. Make sure your neighbors are safe, and ask if they need any help or supplies. Be especially patient with elderly or parents with young children.
Sauers’ clients already have a winter emergency response plan in place. Be sure to have one ready for your family.
Contact Sauers for all snow and ice management needs. We can help keep your family safe this winter.
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