Nichole Hannahs

Preparing for Winter Weather

by Nichole Hannahs on December 3, 2010 at 11:17 am

We may only be seeing light snow showers this weekend, but it won’t be too long before heavier snow storms head our way.

When preparing for weather the Red Cross takes a proactive approach to be prepared for any emergency. The Red Cross said the biggest mistake people make is not keeping an eye on the weather.

"They all rush out to the stores so they can get food, salt and shovels, but the big thing is that people don’t pay attention to the weather reports and it’s that time of year that storms are going to be coming," Julie Davis director of preparedness for the Muskingum Valley Red Cross.

Davis encourages residents to put together a disaster kit that includes, water, flashlights and batteries, warm clothing and a first aid kit. She also said to not go out unless it’s necessary.

"Make sure you have your groceries stocked so that you don’t have to go out, try not to be out on the road unless you have to be because you don’t know if you’re going to get stranded or not out there and you don’t know what’s going to happen."

The Red Cross also said that you should bring pets inside or make sure they have a warm place to go in the cold weather, check on your neighbors and make sure you have a carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in the home.