Winter storms can bring rain, snow, wind and freezing cold temperatures. Are you ready? Preparing well and making a plan can make a big difference in safety and peace of mind as you enter into the winter months. With a few important tips, you can increase your ability to stay safe and quickly recover following a winter squall.
How many of these tasks have you already done in preparation for the winter months?
ü Receive local weather alerts WEA Messages. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile phone. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service.
No signup is required! Alerts are sent automatically to WEA-capable phones during an emergency. Make sure that Emergency Alerts are turned on with your cell phone. What types of alerts will you receive?
Devise an emergency plan with family members.
Just talking about how emergencies will be handled, who you might stay with, or who to call will give you peace of mind knowing that someone will be available to help.
Stock home emergency supplies.
Have a cellphone.
Consider joining a neighborhood Community Emergency Response Team
Make sure your car is prepared for emergencies.
Winterize your home
There are many tools available to prepare for emergencies, but the key is to actually use them and to be prepared before a surprise situation arises. Taking time to investigate and educate yourself and your family ahead of time can take the fear out of the unknown. For more information regarding many types of disasters and emergencies, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has created an excellent source for you to find out more.
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