Red Cross urges winter preparedness

The American Red Cross urges residents to become prepared for winter weather. Storms can bring ice, snow, cold temperatures and dangerous driving conditions. The Red Cross recommends taking these precautionary steps to keep safe in the event of a storm.

Maintain a safe vehicle. Keep your vehicle’s gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing. Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. Carry a cell phone for emergency use. Carry an American Red Cross Survival Kit in your trunk.

Vehicle survival kits should include: American Red Cross First Aid kit and essential medications; extra blankets; warm clothing, coats, hats, mittens, scarves and boots; non-perishable food items; jumper cables; shovel; sand; and brightly colored cloth to tie to the antenna.

Maintain a safe home. Stay indoors during a storm. Listen to local radio and TV stations for updates. Keep a flashlight and extra batteries. Keep a survival kit including non-perishable food items and water.

Taking a few precautionary steps will help protect you and your family from winter weather. For more information about winter safety or to purchase an American Red Cross Survival Kit or First Aid kit for your loved one, contact the Rock River Chapter at 963-8471.

From the Feb. 7-13, 2007, issue

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