Braving the Weather: Tips On How to Stay Safe and Warm in a Winter Storm
Brr...It's cold out! We're in the middle of a serious cold spell in Portland with snow this week and more to come. Here's some quick tips on how to prepare for the weather for at home and your car and also some links on emergency numbers and warming shelters for those in need.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A WINTER STORM:
- Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
- Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
- Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
PUT TOGETHER A SUPPLY KIT FOR AT HOME:
- Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
- Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
- Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
- Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves
PUT TOGETHER A SUPPLY KIT FOR YOUR CAR:
- Food and water
- Portable cell phone charger
- Ice Scraper
- Flashlights and batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Jumper cables
- Sand or cat litter for traction
Emergency Numbers and Shelters: