Winter is on its way...prepare now!

 

Photo of a streetlamp during a snowstorm.Each year, winter returns to Iowa and produces winter storms, blizzards, ice storms and periods of extremely cold temperatures as well as dangerous wind chills.

 

It's important to take steps to be prepared for the cold, snow and ice - whether at home, at work or on the road.

 

First, be aware of weather conditions. Download a weather alert app to your mobile phone, buy a NOAA Weather Radio, or pay attention to local news and weather reports.

 

Winter weather information from the National Weather Service can be found on the National Weather Service website. Check your local National Weather Service office for more information on winter weather. Click here to find your local NWS office and link to their local website.

 

What else can you do? You can build an emergency supply kit for both your home and your car.

 

Must have items for your emergency kits:

  • Food and water for each family member for at least three days
  • At least a week’s supply of essential medications (at home)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • First aid kit
  • Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA Weather Radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Extra clothing/bedding

Some items just for your vehicle:

  • Window scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Kitty litter or sand (for tire traction)
  • Small shovel and other tools
  • Brightly-colored cloth to use as a flag should you become stuck

In addition, before you drive this winter, you should have a mechanic check all your car’s systems and fluid levels, and make sure you have the right tires for winter driving.

 

Additional information about winter weather and winter driving safety, can be found by clicking here.