Thursday, November 8th is recognized as Winter Weather Awareness Day in Nebraska!
It’s a great time to stop and consider your own readiness for the harsh realities of the upcoming season!
Prepare a Readiness Kit, and Keep these Essentials On Hand:
- Water. One gallon per person, per day.
- Food. Non perishable, easy to prepare items which do not require refrigeration or cooking. Make sure you have a can opener as well.
- Flashlight and extra batteries. Do not use candles during a power outage.
- Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information – these may be your only links to the outside world.
- First-aid supplies and medications as required.
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
- Blankets and additional clothing for warmth.
If you are considering a portable generator purchase:
Inevitably, prior to major winter storms, power generators fly off the shelves of local retailers as consumers begin to think about the possibility of lengthy power outages. If this type of purchase is something you are considering, act NOW, and not in the hours after a winter storm warning is issued. Do your research so you know which unit can best meet your individual needs. When you know what you need, make your purchase while the local inventory offers you more to choose from. When you have your unit, consult with a qualified electrician to install a double throw switch for the unit’s safe operation.
Other items to consider:
Give some thought to how your time will be spent during a power outage. Do you have anyone in your home who utilizes medical equipment powered by electricity? Think about acquiring emergency powering equipment in advance. Do you know how to open your garage door without electricity? Do you have alternative methods to charge your smart phone without electricity? Do you have small children? How will you keep them occupied without the conveniences of electricity? What about your pets? Make a list of all of your needs throughout a typical week and make a list of items to keep in supply during the potential length of a storm or related outage.
There are a tremendous number of dangers related to winter weather and we would like to see you be prepared for ALL of those challenges. In addition to power outages, give some thought to the dangers of travel. Exposure outdoors if you care for livestock. Communication with your family.
Below are some links to some great resources to think about related to preparing for winter storms:
National Weather Service: