“Things like having extra blankets on hand and ensuring that each member of your household has a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat and water-resistant boots is important,” Corrigan said.
She also suggests assembling a disaster supplies kit containing such items as a first aid kit and essential medications, a battery-powered NOAA Weather radio, flashlight and extra batteries, canned food and can opener, and bottled water (at least one gallon of water per person per day to last at least three days).
“Having your car winterized is a also a good idea,” she said.
Also know the difference between storm watches and warnings.
A winter storm WATCH means a winter storm is possible in your area.
ˇ A winter storm WARNING means a winter storm is headed for your area.
Be alert to changing weather conditions and avoid unnecessary travel.
Other tips to consider when a winter storm warning is issued include:
* Stay indoors during the storm.
* If you must go outside, several layers of lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat. Gloves (or mittens) and a hat will prevent loss of body heat. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs.
* Understand the hazards of wind chill, which combines the cooling effect of wind and cold temperatures on exposed skin.
* As the wind increases, heat is carried away from a person's body at an accelerated rated, driving down the body temperature.
* Walk carefully on snowy, icy, sidewalks.
* After the storm, if you shovel snow, be extremely careful. It is physically strenuous work, so take frequent breaks. Avoid overexertion.
* Avoid traveling by car in a storm, but if you must...
* Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk.
* Keep your car's gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.
* Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
Contact the Southwest Oklahoma Chapter 482-5303 for disaster training or information.