November 2011

Are you ready for the cold weather????????

Emergency road kit

 

The American Automobile Association (AAA) suggests keeping the following items for an emergency road kit this winter:

Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats

Snow shovel

Flashlight with extra batteries

Window washer solvent

Ice scraper with brush

Cloth or roll of paper towels

Jumper cables

Extra warm clothing (gloves, hats, scarves)

Blankets

Warning devices (flares or triangles)

Drinking water

Non-perishable snacks for human and pet passengers

First-aid kit

Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench)

Mobile phone and car charger pre-programmed with rescue apps and important phone numbers, including family and emergency services

 

Tips for surviving the cold season

Here are some common-sense tips to remember going into the cold-weather season:

When using alternative heat from a fireplace, wood stove or space heater, use fire safeguards and properly ventilate.

If you don't have heat, close off unneeded rooms. Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors, and cover windows at night.

Eat and drink. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat. Keep the body replenished with fluids to prevent dehydration.

Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Remove layers to avoid overheating, perspiration and subsequent chill.

Stock up on the following in advance of a storm:

Flashlight and extra batteries.

Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information. These may be your only links to the outside.

Extra food and water. High-energy food, such as dried fruit or candy, and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration is best.

Extra medicine and baby items.

First-aid supplies.

Heating fuel. Fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a severe winter storm.

Fire extinguisher and smoke detector. Be sure to test units regularly to ensure they are working properly.

For more, visit tulsaworld.com/nwswintersurvival

Source: National Weather Service