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December 18, 2013

Here area a few ways to stay prepared for winter storms

Greetings Daviess County. What a crazy last few weeks we have had. Tornadoes to lots of snow and ice. That’s some wild Indiana weather for you. The holidays are fast approaching and I hope each and every one of you take some time to spend with family and friends this holiday season. I would like to share with you some tips for winter weather and some holiday food safety tips. May you have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year….until next time stay warm and safe.

10 Things to Prepare for Winter Storms

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Purdue University’s Extension Disaster Education Network are encouraging everyone to take preventive measures to ensure their safety and reduce the risk of winter storm damage. They offer the following ten tips on how to prepare yourself, your home, and your family for the upcoming winter weather.

1. Assemble a disaster supply kit. Store drinking water, canned/no-cook food, non-electric can opener, first aid kit, battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries where you can get them easily, even in the dark. Also include winter specific items such as rock salt, sand and other snow removal equipment.

2. Prepare for the possibility that you will need to stay in your home for several days after a winter storm. Make sure that you have sufficient heating fuel as well as emergency heating equipment in case electricity is cut off.

3. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions. Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them.

4. Know ahead of time what you should do to help elderly or disabled friends and neighbors or employees.

5. Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid a build-up of toxic fumes and always refuel outside. Keep all heaters at least three feet from flammable objects.

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