Are You Prepared for Winter’s Fury?

Can you believe it’s almost the middle of November? Even though it seems like temps were in the 60’s, s*n*o*w is just around the corner. Unless this is your very first year here, you are aware the weather can turn mean and nasty in a matter of seconds.

Don’t get caught off guard, get things ready today.

Assemble a storm safety kit.

  1. A charged cell phone or wired-home phone (remember cordless phones will not work in power outages)
  2. Flashlight and a supply of fresh batteries; candles are not recommended because there are many house fires caused by candles left unattended.
  3. Self-powered AM/FM NOAA weather radio or portable, battery- or crank-operated radio or television and extra batteries to remain connected in case the power goes out, as well as an extra cell phone charger. You can buy an emergency radio online from the Red Cross.
  4. Fire extinguisher.
  5. First-aid supplies. Two pairs of sterile gloves, adhesive bandages and sterile dressings, soap or other cleanser, antibiotic towelettes and ointment, burn ointment, eye wash, thermometer, scissors, tweezers, petroleum jelly, aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever, and stomach analgesics such as Tums or Pepto-Bismol, and a laxative.
  6. Clothing, blankets & pillows.
  7. Food. At least a three-day supply of non-perishables and a can opener. Pack protein, fruit, and vegetables, but make sure they’re in a form you actually like—it’s bad enough not to have access to fresh food without also having to subsist on nothing but canned tuna. Include treats like cereal bars, trail mix, and candy bars. Store food in pest-proof plastic or metal tubs and keep it in a cool, dry place.
  8. Water. (most people need at least 1/2-gal of water to drink each day) Bottled water is best, but you can also store tap water in food-grade containers or two-liter soda bottles that have been sanitized. Factor in your pet’s water needs, too. Essential medications, baby items, and food for pets.
  9. Sanitation and hygiene supplies. Moist towelettes in sealed packets, paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, and plastic ties. You might also want travel-size shampoo, toothpaste/toothbrush, and deodorant.
  10. Helpful extras: Duct tape, dust masks, a signal whistle, toys for kids.
  11. Cash: Have at least $100 in your kit.

Iowa Winter Weather Awareness Day is November 10th.

For more tips and ways to get ready for winter, read this  from the National Weather Service!