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
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
www.ready.gov/winter. 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]