Cold and Storm Safety
Keep informed on current weather conditions.
Keep a battery-operated radio, flashlight, batteries, bottled water, canned and dried food, extra blankets and heavy, warm clothing available.
Close off unneeded rooms; cover windows and stuff cloth in cracks under doors when heat is unavailable.
Be aware of fire and carbon monoxide hazards when using emergency heating sources (fireplace, woodstove, space heater, etc.) Replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon-monoxide detectors every six months. Replace all smoke detectors after 10 years.
Avoid frozen pipes and holes to keep the cold outside air from entering your home. In an emergency, run a trickle of water to keep pipes from freezing.
Contact a relative or neighbor for assistance, if needed.
In Your Car:
Carry emergency supplies such as extra cold weather clothing, blankets, shovel, snow scraper, sand, booster cables, rope, flashlight, first aid kit, high energy snacks, bucket, battery-operated radio, knife, tool kit and matches.
Keep your gas tank almost full.
When traveling, inform others of your schedule and route.
For assistance, tie a cloth to your antenna, display a Triad “Send Help” sign, or use emergency flashers when your car is not running, to alert others that help is needed.
If you carry a cell phone, call 911.
Run the engine ten minutes per hour for heat, and open the window slightly for fresh air. Be sure the exhaust pipe isn’t blocked. (Carbon monoxide is a potential hazard.)
Keep warm by moving about arms, legs, fingers and toes.
Dress in several loose fitting layers.
Wear tightly woven water-repellent outer layers.
Wear a hat. Half of the body’s heat is lost through the head.
Avoid overexertion that can lead to sweating, chilling and hypothermia. Keep dry.
If you suspect frostbite, blow on the area to warm it slowly. Do not rub it. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Resources for you on severe weather:
Kalamazoo County Emergency Management