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Don't let winter storms catch you off guard

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[February 21, 2013]  CHICAGO -- You can't always predict severe weather, but you can prepare. As a powerful winter storm continues to develop in the central U.S., the Federal Emergency Management Agency encourages everyone to get ready now to weather the storm by having on hand all the supplies you and your family would need for at least three days.

"Snow and ice storms can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening. It's important to know your risk, have a plan and put it into action when confronted with severe weather," said Andrew Velasquez III, administrator of FEMA Region V.

Protect your family and prevent damage with these easy-to-follow tips:

  • Create an emergency supply kit that includes a three-day supply of food and water for each person, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries, and any items to meet the unique needs of your family.

  • Purchase rock salt to melt ice on walkways, sand to improve traction, and snow shovels or other snow removal equipment.

  • Ensure your family preparedness plan and contacts are up-to-date.

  • Maintain adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.

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Make sure to also put together a winter survival kit for the time you spend on the road. Don't run the risk of being stranded in your vehicle without proper emergency equipment and supplies.

Valuable information on preparing for severe winter weather is available at Visit the site today so you can be confident you have done all you can to be prepared.

[Text from file received from FEMA Region V]

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