Winter Weather Preparedness Week is the perfect time to take the proper precautions to ensure that your home and vehicle are ready for the winter season. Here are a few tips to get you started:
· Prepare a Ready kit of emergency supplies for your home. Include with a three-day supply of nonperishable food, water, a flashlight with extra batteries, a NOAA Weather Radio, adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm, as well as additional supplies for the unique needs of your family, such as medications.
Keep an extra Ready kit in the trunk of your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding a portable cell phone charger, ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables. · Create an emergency communications plan so family members will know who to contact if separated during a storm. Designate at least one out-of-town contact who all family members can call. Make sure you have a cell phone with an emergency charging option (car, solar hand crank, etc.) in case of a power failure. You can create a customized plan for your family using the Ready Georgia website or mobile app.
· Winterize your home by placing weather stripping around doors and windows. During cold weather, use outdoor faucet covers or allow faucets to drip, and open cabinet doors to let heat reach uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
· Identify an alternate heat source, like a fireplace or wood-burning stove, and stock sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove. When using an alternate heat source, make sure you have adequate ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.