...PREPARATION FOR WINTER WEATHER...PART 9...
ADVANCE PREPARATION IS PERHAPS THE BEST THING PEOPLE CAN DO TO AVOID
PROBLEMS DURING WINTER WEATHER.
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-AT HOME AND WORK...
PRIMARY CONCERNS ARE THE POTENTIAL LOSS OF HEAT... POWER...TELEPHONE
SERVICE...AND A SHORTAGE OF SUPPLIES IF STORM CONDITIONS CONTINUE FOR
MORE THAN A DAY.
     ...HAVE AVAILABLE...
     - FLASHLIGHT AND EXTRA BATTERIES
     - BATTERY-POWERED NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR AM/FM PORTABLE RADIO
     - EXTRA FOOD AND WATER
     - EXTRA MEDICINE AND BABY ITEMS
     - FIRST-AID SUPPLIES
     - EMERGENCY HEATING SOURCE
     - FIRE EXTINGUISHER AND SMOKE DETECTOR
     - CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR
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-ON THE FARM...
     - MOVE ANIMALS TO SHELTERED AREAS.
     - HAUL EXTRA FEED TO NEARBY FEEDING AREAS.
     - HAVE A WATER SUPPLY AVAILABLE...MOST ANIMAL DEATHS IN WINTER
        STORMS ARE FROM DEHYDRATION.
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-AT SCHOOLS...
     - MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS AND HAVE A FUNCTIONAL PLAN READY
        WITH REGARD TO CLOSURES DUE TO SNOW...ICE OR EXTREME COLD.
     - ESTABLISH GUIDELINES REGARDING OUTSIDE RECESS DURING EXTREME
        COLD AND WINDY PERIODS.
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-WHEN OUTSIDE...
     - DRESS IN LAYERS.
     - WEAR A HAT AND MITTENS.
     - COVER YOUR MOUTH TO PROTECT YOUR LUNGS FROM EXTREME COLD.
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-CARRY A VEHICLE WINTER STORM SURVIVAL KIT...
     - FULLY CHECK AND WINTERIZE YOUR VEHICLE BEFORE WINTER.
     - KEEP YOUR GAS TANK NEAR FULL TO AVOID ICE IN THE TANK AND FUEL
       LINES.
     - CARRY A WINDSHIELD SCRAPER AND BRUSH
     - A SHOVEL
     - BLANKETS OR SLEEPING BAGS
     - A BAG OF SAND OR CAT LITTER
     - A SMALL CAN AND WATER-PROOF MATCHES TO MELT SNOW FOR DRINKING
     - A KNIFE
     - A FIRST-AID KIT
     - A FLASHLIGHT WITH EXTRA BATTERIES
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THE KEY TO SURVIVING A WINTER STORM IS PREPARATION AND COMMON SENSE.
     KEEP AHEAD OF WINTER STORMS BY LISTENING TO THE NOAA WEATHER
     RADIO ALL HAZARDS.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WINTER WEATHER...VISIT...

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter      
http://weather.gov/mke/?n-winter-wx-awareness 
http://readywisconsin.wi.gov 
http://emergencymanagement.wi.gov
 

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