Emergency Preparedness

Want to be prepared? Don’t know where to start? Just Do One Thing!

Being prepared for an emergency can feel overwhelming! Many people don’t know where to start, so they never start at all. “Do 1 Thing” is a campaign to help you or your business take easy steps throughout the year to help you be prepared. You can take small steps that make a big difference in an emergency. Visit: http://do1thing.com to learn what you can do as an individual or business this month!. Some example to get started would be to build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

 

Make sure you’re prepared for winter weather!


 

Part of being prepared for winter is understanding the terms utilized by the National Weather Service (NWS) and other local news channels, so that you can take the appropriate action when warnings, advisories, or a watch are announced. Please review the terms below provided by FEMA (2016):

Freezing Rain – Rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees and power lines.

Sleet – Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become slippery.

Wind Chill– Windchill is the temperature it “feels like” when you are outside. The NWS provides a Windchill Chart to show the difference between air temperature and the perceived temperature and the amount of time until frostbite occurs. For more information, visit: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/windchill.shtml.

Winter Weather Advisory – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening. The NWS issues a winter weather advisory when conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences that may be hazardous. If caution is used, these situations should not be life-threatening.

Winter Storm Watch – A winter storm is possible in your area. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for more information. The NWS issues a winter storm watch when severe winter conditions, such as heavy snow and/or ice, may affect your area but the location and timing are still uncertain. A winter storm watch is issued 12 to 36 hours in advance of a potential severe storm. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, local radio, TV, or other news sources for more information. Monitor alerts, check your emergency supplies, and gather any items you may need if you lose power.

Winter Storm Warning – A winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area.

Blizzard Warning – Sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater and considerable amounts of falling or blowing snow (reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile) are expected to prevail for a period of three hours or longer.

Frost/Freeze Warning – Below freezing temperatures are expected.


Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials

.For more information contact Brenda Lutz-Hanson