Be Winter Ready in your Neighborhood

A change in seasons means taking down, putting away, and checking for supplies we might need during a severe weather emergency. It also means checking our neighbors and our neighborhood.

For your home and family:
– Replace emergency food and water you may have used during the summer or that needs rotating. Especially water in plastic jugs.
– Put your winter clothes in a handy place
– Have an ample supply of batteries for ALL devices requiring them, including motorized wheelchairs or other medical assistive technology. Keep rechargeable ones charged
– Make sure you have working smoke and CO2 detectors
– Put away garden hoses and replace with faucet covers
– Have snow removal equipment like blowers and shovels handy near the door
– Stock up on ice melt
– Make sure to have a supply of food and other things your service dog may need
– Call your out-of-area contact to check on how they are doing and to test out your emergency plan.

For your automobiles:
– Include a stash of warm clothing, blankets, extra food and water in case you get stranded
– Have a cell-phone charging cord in your car
– Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times

In your neighborhood:
– Keep street drains clear of leaves and debris
– Find out which neighbors will be away for a time and ask how you can reach them in an emergency
– Ask your more vulnerable neighbors if they need help getting their homes ready. Offer to help them.
– Encourage neighbors to sign up for their local ALERT to receive emergency texts.
– When a storm passes and it is safe, check on your neighbors
– Sign up to receive severe weather alerts at http://www.weather.gov/ilm/mobile 

Other ways to help:
– Sign up for emergency trainings held in your area. Attend emergency preparedness fairs
– Learn the basics of using radio communications in a disaster by joining your local Ham Radio club
– Learn first aid skills and CPR to help out an injured person for a few hours or days
– Find out where your local emergency shelters will be