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Winter Preparedness Week

Winter Preparedness Week

By Natalie Easterday

Regional Emergency Management Planner

December 5-11, 2010 is Winter Preparedness Week in Virginia and with an annual possibility of snow, subfreezing temperatures, strong winds, and ice, it’s important for Virginians to prepare.

  • ReadyVirginia.gov recommends the following winter preparedness steps.
  • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
  • Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify winter weather.
  • Thoroughly check and update your family's emergency supply kitOpens in new window before winter approaches.
  • Include adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
  • If you have a car, fill the gas tank in case you have to leave.
  • Plan to stay insideOpens in new window and make it on your own, at least for a period of time.
  • If you have a wood burning fire place, consider storing wood to keep you warm if winter weather knocks out your heat.
  • If you use a generator or space heaterOpens in new window, practice proper safety procedures.
  • Learn more about getting ready for winter weather

For information about what you should do to prepare this winter season visit: ReadyVirginia.govOpens in new window or VAEmergency.comOpens in new window.