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Winter Storm Readiness

Preparing for a winter storm is a must to avoid injuries.

One of the best ways to prepare is to stay informed on the latest weather updates. Make sure you have enough supplies such as food, water, and a first aid kit in case of an emergency.  A first aid kit should contain a variety of items that can be used to treat minor injuries and illnesses. In your personal kit, a first aid kit may include bandages, gauze, tape, scissors, tweezers, a thermometer, and medication. It is also important to include items that can help keep you warm, such as blankets, hats, and gloves. Additional items to consider are ice packs, flashlights, and a whistle.

You should also dress appropriately for the cold weather, wear layers and cover exposed skin.  If you are driving in your nice warm vehicle, ensure you have extra clothing in case you run out of gas, get stuck on the side of the road, or get into an accident.

Make sure you have a plan in case of power outages, and always check on elderly or disabled neighbors.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to take a first aid class so you can administer basic medical care as medical assistance may be delayed.