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Shady Spring Prepares for Harsh Winter Storm?

12/12/2023 (Permalink)

A person walks down a street covered by snow. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Raleigh County.

Winter is here and our local Beckley team wants everyone in Shady Spring to be prepared for winter storms. Here are some things that residents can do to prepare for a winter storm:

Stay Informed: Monitor local weather forecasts and stay updated on storm warnings and advisories through reliable sources like the National Weather Service.

Create an Emergency Kit: Assemble an emergency kit that includes essential supplies such as non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, a battery-operated or hand-crank radio, blankets, warm clothing, and a first-aid kit.

Keep Your Home Insulated: Ensure your home is properly insulated and that windows and doors have weather stripping to prevent drafts. Consider using draft stoppers on doors and windows.

Winterize Your Vehicle: If you have a car, prepare it for winter by checking the tires, brakes, battery, and antifreeze levels. Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle as well, including blankets, a shovel, and sand or kitty litter for traction.

Stock Up on Supplies: Before the storm hits, stock up on groceries, medications, and other essentials so that you don't have to venture out during the storm.

Maintain Communication: Ensure your cell phone is fully charged and have backup charging options like a power bank. Establish a communication plan with family and friends.

Create a Family Emergency Plan: Discuss and rehearse a family emergency plan that includes meeting points and contact information in case you get separated during the storm.

Check Heating Systems: Make sure your heating systems, such as furnaces and fireplaces, are in good working order. Have a supply of firewood if you use a fireplace.

Prepare for Power Outages: Winter storms can lead to power outages. Have a generator, if possible, and know how to use it safely. Also, consider investing in surge protectors to protect your electronic devices.

Clear Snow and Ice: Have shovels, snow blowers, and ice melt on hand to clear driveways and sidewalks. Keep these areas clear to prevent slips and falls.

Stay Indoors: During the storm, it's best to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel. Only venture out if it's absolutely necessary, and if you do, let someone know your plans.

Check on Neighbors: Look out for elderly or vulnerable neighbors who may need assistance during the storm.

Keep Pets Safe: Ensure your pets have adequate shelter and food, and limit their time outdoors during extreme cold.

Emergency Contacts: Keep a list of emergency contacts, including local authorities, utility companies, and emergency services.

Know Where to Go: In case of severe emergencies or evacuations, know the location of nearby emergency shelters.

Stay Calm: Winter storms can be stressful, but it's important to stay calm and make rational decisions to ensure your safety and the safety of your family.

Remember that winter storms can vary in severity, so it's important to be prepared for a range of situations. Planning ahead and taking these precautions can help you stay safe during a winter storm.

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