Storm Preparedness Tips

NORTH WEBSTER, Ind. (WOWO): The National Weather Service is predicting sleet and significant snowfall beginning tonight with as much as four inches expected in some parts of Indiana.

These conditions, in addition to low temperatures, may cause roads to be extremely icy and travel conditions dangerous. Anyone in the path of the storm is strongly encouraged to make alternate plans in case weather conditions disrupt daily routines.

Winter Driving Safety
*Check the forecast before leaving and allow extra time for travel
*Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and functioning
*Pack at least two blankets or sleeping bags
*Flashlight and extra batteries
*Booster (jumper) cables
*Emergency flares
*Extra clothing, including boots, hats and gloves and a shovel
*Bottled water and non-perishable foods like granola bars, raisins, nuts, peanut butter or cheese crackers
*First-aid kit and necessary medications
*Sand or non-clumping kitty litter for tire traction
*Cell phone and charger for vehicle use
*Ice scraper and snow brush.

When traveling, always move over or pull to the side of the road for first responders.

If You Become Stranded
Unless there is a safe structure nearby, do not leave the car, since it is the best protection.
*Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour to stay warm
*An idling car only uses about one gallon of gas per hour
*Tie a brightly colored cloth to the car for rescuers to see
*Light a flare or turn on a flashlight to let others know you are stranded
*Make sure the exhaust pipe is free of any blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
*Keep hydrated by drinking water from your preparedness kit. Don’t eat snow, as it will lower body temperature.

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