Office Of Homeland Security
Tip of the Month
Winter is coming, are You Ready? Here are some tips to keep you safe at home and on the road.
As winter weather sets in, prepare your home by completing some routine maintenance on your heaters and fireplaces, have your chimneys cleaned and inspected, insulate your water pipes and weather proof your windows and doors and always use special caution if you are using space heaters.Clear your trees of dead limbs and clean your gutters and have rock salt or kitty litter to give traction to icy walkways. Have a disaster kit ready with extra warm cloths and blankets, food and water and make sure you have provisions for your pets and livestock.
If you’re on the road, make sure you’ve checked the weather and road reports prior to traveling and have alternate routes planned. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. Keep your gas tank full and carry a cell phone for contacting emergency services in case of an emergency. Carry a cold weather emergency kit in your vehicle with extra food and water, sleeping bag or blankets and a candle in a metal can for light and heat. It is also wise to carry jumper cables and some sand and a shovel. If you do become stranded, stay with your vehicle, display a flag or sign that you’re in trouble, run your engine only occasionally making sure you have some ventilation, and above all DON’T PANIC!