Winter Weather Preparedness Kit
Mema Winter Weather Preparedness Information
Suggested List of Winter Supplies - Emergency Car Kit
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has issued information to help people prepare for another New England Winter Season. MEMA has issued a "Suggested Winter Weather Supply List" for the home, along with items that should be included in a "Winter Emergency Car Kit".
"The Winter Season is upon us, so it is important that everyone take some simple steps to prepare for what will undoubtedly come," said MEMA Director Cristine McCombs. "Those who already have an All-Hazard Emergency Preparation Kit, as MEMA continues to suggest, should be in fine shape already. Everyone should have some non-perishable food, bottled water, flashlights and extra batteries around the house, along with a portable radio or NOAA Weather Radio in case of power outages or other emergencies caused by a winter storm."
Additional items that should be included on you Winter Weather Supply List are a freshly-stocked first aid kit, essential prescription medicines, non-perishable foods (those that require no refrigeration such as canned goods, dried fruits and nuts), a non-electric can opener, water (one gallon per person, per day), baby-care items, extra blankets, sleeping bags and a fire extinguisher.
"Every household should develop a Family Emergency Communication Plan in case family members are separated from one another during a storm. That is a real possibility during the day if adults are at work and children are at school," said McCombs.
Suggested items for a Winter Emergency Car Kit include a flashlight with extra batteries, a basic first-aid kit, necessary medications, a pocket knife, booster cables, a blanket or a sleeping bag, extra clothes (including rain gear, mittens and socks), non-perishable foods, a non-electric can opener, sand for generating vehicle traction, tire chains or traction mats, a basic tool kit (pliers, wrench, screwdriver), a tow rope, a container of water and a brightly colored cloth to serve as a flag, if necessary.
Ensure that your tires have adequate tread and keep your gas tank at least half-full. Plan long trips carefully, listening to the latest weather reports and road conditions. Travel during the day, and if possible, try to take someone along with you.
Winter can be a difficult season that can be made easier with some basic preparedness planning.
Suggested Winter Weather Supply List
Keep these items around the house in case of emergency during a winter storm:
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Portable radio or NOAA Weather Radio with extra batteries
- First-aid kit
- Essential prescription medicines
- Non-perishable Food
- Non-electric can opener
- Water (one gallon per person/per day)
- Baby items
- Extra blankets and sleeping bags
- Fire extinguisher
Family Emergency Communication Plan
Develop a "Family Emergency Communication Plan" in case family members are separated from one another during a winter storm (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), and have a plan for getting back together. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact". After a disaster, it is often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone knows the name, address and telephone number of the contact person.
Suggested Winter Emergency Car Kit
Keep the following items in your car in case of emergency during a Winter Storm:
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Basic first-aid kit
- Necessary medications
- Pocket knife
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Extra clothes (include rain gear, mittens, socks)
- High-calorie, non-perishable foods (dried fruits, nuts, canned food)
- Non-electric can opener
- Container of water
- Sand for generating traction
- Tire chains or traction mats
- Basic tool kit (pliers, wrench, screwdriver)
- Tow rope
- Brightly colored cloth to utilize as a flag
Install good winter tires with adequate tread. Keep a windshield scraper and small broom for ice and snow removal. Check your windshield wiper fluid and keep your gas tank at least half-full. Plan long trips carefully, listening to the radio or NOAA Weather Radio for the latest weather forecasts and road conditions. Travel during daylight hours, and if possible, take another person with you.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to : develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made.
For additional information about MEMA and Winter Preparedness, go to the MEMA website at www.mass.gov/mema.
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