Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Before Winter Weather that Impacts the Area

As the temperatures drop, always pay attention to local forecast for potential severe winter weather. Understanding forecast terminology is the first step to being prepared. 

Winter Weather Advisory: Significant winter storm or hazardous winter weather is occurring, imminent, and is an inconvenience.

Winter Storm Watch: Significant winter weather is expected but not imminent provides 12 to 36 hours’ notice of the possibility of winter weather.

Winter Storm Warning: Significant winter weather is occurring imminent or likely and is a threat to life and property.

Blizzard Warning: Dangerous winds that are at least 35 mph or greater, blowing snow that will frequently reduce visibility to 1/4 mile or less for at least three hours.

Listen to local forecast

Tune into 97.3 WRIR for the most accurate and update warning from the City of Richmond Office of Emergency Management.

Have a battery operated or hand crank radio to be able to receive warnings and notification when the power is out.

Tips to Prepare for Winter Weather

Before winter add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
  • Extra blankets and winter clothing
  • Snow shovel
  • Rock salt or other products to melt ice

In addition remember to make sure you have sufficient heating fuel and have your chimneys and heating systems checked annually. 

Remember to bring pets indoors.

Drive only if it is absolutely necessary.

Make sure your family communications plan is current, and that everyone is aware of how you will contact each other and how you will reunite.

Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning heating devices inside of your home, garage, basement or crawlspace.  Make sure the heating device is located away from home doors and windows. 

To prepare for any disaster, it’s important to take three simple steps: 
  • Get a kit
  • Make a Plan
  • Stay Informed

Visit: www.richmondgov.com/fire/EmergencyManagement.aspx for more information on preparing for all disasters or emergencies.

Update the emergency kit in your vehicle with:
  • Sand or cat litter
  • Blankets      
  • Shovel
  • Warm clothing
  • Windshield scraper
  • Flashlight
  • Water
  • Non perishable food
  • Road or tow chain Jumper cables
  • Emergency flares

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