Text Box: Emergency Winter Preparedness

Are you ready for another big snow, whether it is a snowmageddon or smaller you should be prepared?

During winter months, there could be power outages, icy roads, closed schools and businesses, and health problems associated with wind, cold and snow.  If you and your family aren’t ready for winter, then take a few simple steps now to prepare.

Make a plan. Decide on a meeting place outside of your neighborhood if your family is separated and cannot return home because of closed roads.  Choose an out-of-town relative or friend to be your family’s point of contact for emergency communications.  With your family, write down your emergency plan – get a free worksheet at www.ReadyVirginia.gov. Click on Make a Plan for more details.

Get a kit.  Start with these basic supplies for winter weather: three days’ food; three days’ water (a gallon per person per day); a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio with extra batteries; and your written family emergency plan.  After you have these essential supplies, add a first aid kit, medications if needed, blankets and warm clothing, supplies for special member of your household, and pet items.

Stay informed.  Before, during and after a winter storm, you should listen to local media for instructions from emergency officials.  There may be times when you are advised to stay in place until it is safe to travel. Stay informed about winter storm watches and warnings and road conditions.  You can get road condition information 24/7 by calling 511 or checking www.511Virginia.org.  .

More comprehensive information for these three is available at www.ReadyVirginia.gov.   Get ready now

Prepared by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, November 2011.