Get ready for Winter: Red Cross offers tips for cold weather

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It is Winter Safety Awareness week in Ohio and the American Red Cross says everyone should be preparing now for scenarios that could arise during the season.

Everyone should have a supply kit ready that will provide food and water to last for several days. This would be critical during a massive power outage.

That plan should contain contact information for family members and emergency services. These contacts should be written down in case the battery goes dead on mobile devices.MAKE A PLANSEVERE WEATHER TERMS AND WHAT THEY MEAN

The Red Cross also recommends winterizing vehicles and making sure emergency supplies are kept in the vehicle throughout the winter months.

What’s in a Vehicle Winter Preparedness Kit?

  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Cell Phone Car Charger
  • Blanket and/or emergency Mylar blanket
  • Fleece Hat, Gloves, Scarf
  • Flares
  • Folding Shovel
  • Sand or Cat Litter
  • Ice Scraper and Snow Brush
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Small battery-operated radio
  • Emergency contact card with names and phone numbers
  • Extra prescription medications
  • Bottled Water
  • High protein snacks
  • Maps
  • Whistle

“If you know that you are traveling with the holidays coming up for sure, have some safety things in your car. Have a flash light and have a first aid kit,” said Karen Conklin, director of the local American Red Cross.

An emergency supply kit should also be kept in homes in the event that power is lost or a winter event would prevent people from getting out of their homes.

At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered, hand-cranked, radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • 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
  • Emergency blanket
  • Maps of the area

The American Red Cross offers several resources for people during the winter months and extreme cold, including warming shelters in each community.PennDOT Winter Safety

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