Winter Weather Safety

by Amanda Everett, MCHS Emergency Management Coordinator

Vehicle Preparedness and Safety:

  • Plan your travel and check the latest forecasts.
  • If you encounter snow, sleet or freezing rain, drive extremely cautiously. Even four-wheel drive vehicles will have difficulty on icy roads.

Dressing for the Weather:

  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers.
  • Outer garments should be tightly-woven and water-repellant.
  • Wear a hat. Nearly half of your body heat loss is from the top of your head.
  • Wear gloves or mittens. Mittens snug at the wrist are better than gloves.

Preparing Your Home:

  • Bring your pets inside.
  • Have a flashlight and extra batteries available. Do not use candles if the electricity goes out.
  • Use a battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and a portable radio to receive emergency information.
  • Be sure to wrap any exposed pipes.