Immanuel Lutheran Church

 

3000 West Main Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49006

(269) 345-8090

THE
LUTHERAN CHURCH
Missouri Synod

Severe Weather--Cold & Storm Safety Tips

Severe Weather: 

Cold and Storm Safety

 

At Home:

 

  • 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.

 

While Outside:

  • 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

@ (269)383-8743

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