(WJBF) – Many people wonder how to protect themselves during winter weather outbreaks and some may even think that winter storms are not possible for many southern states, but that’s not true.
According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center Deputy Director, Mike Halpert, there is always a chance for extreme winter weather, which is why winter storms can happen often and sooner than you think.
Dec. 5 – 9 marks the first official week of Winter Weather Preparedness Week, and while the week last, WJBF NewsChannel6 wants to keep you weather aware.
Below are a few winter weather safety tips that will help you better prepare for winter storm outbreaks and tell you who to contact and how to remain safe after a winter storm.HOW TO WALK IN SNOW OR ICE:
- Take short steps or shuffle for stability.
- Bend slightly forward and walk flat-footed with your center of gravity directly over your feet as
- much as possible.
- Keep your hands out of your pockets.
- Be prepared to fall. If you fall, fall with sequential contacts at your thigh, hip and shoulder. Avoid
- using outstretched arms to brace yourself.
- Bend your back and head forward to avoid hitting your head against the ground.
For more visit, https://www.ehs.iastate.edu/prep/weather/winter/walkingFOR YOUR CAR
- Have your cell phone and charger, batteries and portable cell phone chargers.
- Pack blankets and sleeping bags.
- Bring a flashlight and extra batteries.
- Have a first-aid kit.
- Shovel, knife, windshield scraper, and brush.
- Pack high-calorie, non-perishable foods.
- Have extra clothing to keep dry and stay warm.
- Have a large empty can to use as emergency toilet, tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes.
- Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water.
- Sack of sand or cat litter for traction.
- Tool kit and tow rope.
FOR YOUR HOME OR AT WORK
- Have a flashlight and extra batteries.
- Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information.
- Pack extra food and water such as, dried fruit, nuts and granola bars, and other food requiring no cooking or refrigeration.
- Extra prescription medicine.
- Baby items such as diapers and formula.
- First-aid supplies.
- Refuel your heating before you are empty; fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a winter storm.
- Have your fireplace, wood stove, space heater, or any emergency heating source properly ventilated to prevent a fire.
- Before a winter storm check your fire extinguisher, smoke alarm; by testing your smoke alarms once a month to ensure they work properly.
- Have extra food for your pets and warm shelter.
- Do not run a generator in an enclosed space.
- Make sure your carbon dioxide detector is working detector and that the outside vent is clear of leaves and debris. During or after the storm, make sure it is cleared of snow.
- Bring your pets inside.
- Bring farm animals into shelter belts.
- For farm animals, haul extra feed to nearby feeding areas.
- Have extra bottles of water available
- Make sure all animals have plenty of food, water and warm shelter.
- Bring your plants indoors
- Water your plants thoroughly before a freeze to add insulation and prevent dryness.
- Cover tender plants at night with mulch, or a bucket or flowerpot and remove in the morning when the temperatures rise.
- Cover your large plants with, with any fabric such as, old bedsheets, burlap, or commercial frost cloths, and not plastic.
For more visit, https://www.todayshomeowner.com/how-to-protect-your-garden-from-frost-and-freeze/WHO TO CONTACT
- Call 511 for the latest weather, traffic, and road incidents.
- South Carolina DOT: 855-467-2368
- Georgia DOT: 404-631-1990
HOW TO REMAIN INFORMED: AFTER THE STORM
- Contact the National Weather Service by visiting: www.nws.noaa.org.
- Stay tuned to WJBF NewsChannel6 for updated information.
- Contact the WJBF NewsChannel6 Weather Center by calling, 706-828-7322.
- South Carolina Department of Transportation, visit: 511sc.org.
- Georgia Department of Transportation, visit: 511ga.org .
- Check with your local water company to ensure water is safe to drink, cook and clean with after a
major winter storm.
- Check with utility companies to find out when electricity or gas services may be restored.
- Before you drive your car, take time to ensure your exhaust pipe is clear
- Brush all the snow off the car so it doesn’t fall on your windshield while you are driving or fly onto
other cars, causing an accident.
- Leave extra time for blocked, closed or icy roads.