The article explains how to prepare yourself from winter storms and excessive cold weather. In awake of the recent forecasts about Winter Storm Jonas it is very crucial for you to protect yourself and your loved ones from extreme chills. The storm will be in its full swing during this weekend and you should make sure that you are well prepared for it. With this article you will be able to understand the steps that you need to take prior, during and after the storm or extreme chill conditions.
Learn all the important terminology that are used to describe the changing weather conditions. This will help you in understanding the severeness and time period of the coming storm.
2.You need to subscribe to the broadcasts of NOAA Weather Radio for receiving direct warnings and alerts from National Weather Service to keep a track of your local weather conditions. You can also download free of cost smartphone applications available from American Red Cross or FEMA, in order to receive information for finding shelters and first aid in case of emergency.
You should prepare an emergency kit and include these items in it to prepare yourself against the cold weather;
Equipment for removing snow e.g. snow shovels etc.
Sand for improving traction of the vehicles.
Dry source for heating such as seasoned, dry wood for your stove or fireplace.
For melting the ice on paths and walkways you need rock salt. You can also use other products which are environmentally friendly.
Appropriate amount of blankets and clothing for keeping yourself warm during the cold weather.
You will require a plan to communicate with your loved ones in far across areas during the hard times and it is very important to reach one another in case of emergency. Hence you need to have a plan that how can you contact and assist each other.
Limit your travel as much as possible and if you have to travel always carry your emergency supplies kit.
Bring your companion animals such pets inside with you during the extreme cold weather.
You need to prepare your home for the tough season too. You need to make sure that your home is the right place for the extended life of your heating fuel supply. This can be achieved with insulating the attics and walls and covering windows with plastic.
Clear the rain gutters an repair any leakages from the roof or any other place.
You need to cut the branches that might fall off on your home due to the severe winds.
Keep the taps and faucets trickling as this will halt their freezing in the pipe lines.
Always keep the fire extinguishers readily available.
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Prepare your vehicle for the extremities of weather by first of all preparing an emergency supplies kit which should include, shovel, small broom and scraper for the windshield, torch, radio, extra batteries, drinking water, matches, snack food, extra socks and mittens, a first aid kit, a knife, required medications, blankets, rope, booster cables, sand, rock salt, flares and a distress flag.
Check the antifreeze level of your motor vehicle and make necessary adjustments.
The ignition system, brakes and batteries of your vehicle should be in best condition.
Check for any leakage in the exhaust system, Carbon Monoxide is lethal and there might be no warning in this case.
Keep water out of the air lines and keep the tank full with fuel, this will keep it from freezing. Also check the defroster and heater of you vehicle.
Keep the lights working along with the hazard lights. Also keep the track of the oil, thermostat and use winter tires which have chains and studs.
During the storm, try to stay inside as much as possible.
Carefully walk on the paths that are covered with ice.
When shoveling snow, avoid over exertion as this can cause a heart attack. Don’t lift heavy loads and try to push the snow instead of lifting it. Take regular breaks during your work, especially outside.
Keep yourself dry as much as possible.
Maintain proper ventilation of your home and let someone know about your place.
If you are moving away from your home during the extreme weather, leave some heat on in your home not lower than 55 F.
Stay / Go Situations
Go if the help or call for help is accessible.
Go if you have proper clothing.
Go id you have appropriate outside visibility.
Stay if stuck on road, to avoid exposure to the cold.