Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 10:10 PM
The recent deep freeze is finally over, but don't get complacent about the next time the temperature drops.
It looks like our recent deep freeze is coming to an end with warmer weather finally on the way. But even with that relief in sight, remember that winter is far from over. It’s a good time to think about everything you wish you had done! Here is a good checklist for winter weather preparedness for next time the temps get dangerously low.
• Check battery-powered equipment and stock extra batteries for flashlights and a portable radio. Also check emergency cooking equipment.
• Check food supply and stock extra. Supplies should include food that requires no cooking or refrigeration in case of power failure. Consider high energy foods such as dried fruit or candy. Don’t forget prescription medicines and first aid supplies.
• Check supply of heating fuel but be aware of fire hazards due to oil-burning heaters or stoves.
• Stay indoors during storms and cold snaps. Elderly people, children and those in poor health may be especially susceptible to cold weather. Avoid overexertion, especially if shoveling snow.
• Dress to fit the season. Loose, layered clothing will keep you warm. A hat and mittens will protect your extremities.
• Winterize your home by caulking around openings, installing storm windows and adding insulation.
• Don’t forget pets or livestock. Move animals to sheltered areas. Bring pets indoors or provide some form of heat. Provide fresh water since pets can die from dehydration during winter storms.
• Winterize cars before the storm season begins. Maintain a checklist of the preparation required. Keep water out of your fuel by keeping the gas tank full.
• Carry a winter storm kit, especially if you plan long-distance travel or into northern states. Include a mobile phone and charger, blankets or sleeping bags, flashlight and batteries, first aid kit, non-perishable foods, extra clothing, window scraper, water, road maps, small shovel and kitty litter and sand for traction.
• If a storm exceeds or tests your driving limitations, seek shelter immediately. Plan travel, including selecting primary and alternative routes. Check the latest weather information before departing, and make sure someone knows your travel plans.
As this recent blog post explains, Marshall Medical has detailed plans and preparations in the event of severe winter weather situations. We have back-up power in place to keep both hospitals running during a weather emergency. Patients will be cared for and emergencies will be treated. Please remember, though, that our hospitals are not shelters for the public during power outages. We have enough food supplies only for patients and staff who cannot leave. Everyone should prepare for winter weather so that families can safely shelter-in-place.