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 kit 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 inside 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 heater, 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.gov or VAEmergency.com.