Winter storm safety in the North Country

Even though winter is half over, there are several more months of cold weather left in the North Country. The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross reminds you taking a few extra precautions to safeguard your car, your home and your family is important. Having a few simple supplies on-hand can make all the difference in dealing with a serious winter storm situation.

A personal home disaster supply kit will help you stay in your home for three to five days in the event of an intense winter storm or localized power outage.

The items to consider having on-hand are:

• First aid kit including at least a three-day supply of medication(s).

• Battery-powered weather radio, flashlight and extra batteries for both.

• Canned or shelf-stable food and a non-electric can opener.

• Bottled water, at least a gallon per person, per day for at least three days for hygiene and drinking

• Warm clothing so family members can dress in layers for warmth.

If needed, coordinate with your health care provider, if you or a family member has medical needs that can not be maintained at home in an emergency.

Maintaining all smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home is very critical, especially if you are using a portable heater, fireplace or woodstove. It is also important to have a functioning fire extinguisher in the home.

These are just a few winter reminders for you and your family to consider during the remainder of this winter season. Taking these simple steps now to prepare prior to an emergency may make all the difference.

For additional information, contact the North Country Chapter American Red Cross.

The Red Cross Corner is a monthly column provided by the North Country chapter of the American Red Cross. The chapter, located at 13 Guy Way, Plattsburgh, may be reached at 561-7280 or via e-mail at nccarc@westelcom.com.

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