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Be wary of winter weather

By Staff | Nov 13, 2008

A 2007 storm dumped enough snow to make travel through downtown Esthervile a a living nightmare.

In its defense, winter is marching to a strong beat and heading our way.

In our defense, it pays to be prepared.

Today is Winter Weather Preparedness Day.

This is the day to remind people that it is time to get organized and prepared before the major winter storm strikes.

Information was secured from Terry Reekers this week on how to adequately prepare for winter storms, which at times, can produce life-threatening conditions.

Above the windchill chart shows when cold weather is most dangerous.

He suggested that residents keep extra flashlights and batteries in the home. “Other suggestions include a battery-powered weather radio, enough food and water for three days, extra medicine and baby items for three days at least, first aid supplies, heating fuel, emergence heat source, fire extinguisher and smoke alarm.”

Drivers should winterize vehicles also before winter weather arrives.

“Every vehicle should have a winter storm survival kit which includes: mobile phone and charger (or extra batteries), blankets, flashlight and extra batteries, first aid kit, knife, high-colorie, non-perishable food, extra clothing, sack of sand or kitty litter, shovel, reflective mirror, ice scraper and battery booster cables. Remember to keep the gas tank near full.”

An important part of life includes the care of pets and winter is a time to especially remember their needs.

Reekers said, “Make sure you have adequate pet supplies on hand for about three days.”

The season of winter holds holidays which encourage get-togethers with family and friends.

“Around the holidays, always check the weather forecast and adjust travel plans by a day, either way, if you have to. It could make a big difference.”

If the weather is threatening, Reekers advises calling ahead and letting your hosts know when you are leaving and what route you are traveling. The rescue effort will go quicker and more smoothly if this information is shared with first responders.

“Today is a good day to refresh on what to do in cases of major winter storms,” he said.