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Winter Preparedness

Are you prepared for all types of weather - flooding, snow, ice storms, windstorms and possible power outages?

You should have an emergency supply kit stocked with enough food and water to sustain each family member (including pets) for a minimum of three days. Your kit should also include flashlights, extra batteries, and a portable radio. Below are some further suggestions for getting prepared.

 Power Outages

  • Have a phone that will work when power is out. Cordless phones do not work without power
  • Have an alternate heat source and supply of fuel. Consider purchasing a generator
  • Unplug voltage sensitive equipment such as computers, televisions, stereo's etc. to protect them from power surges
  • Conserve water
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed, food will stay frozen for two days
  • Watch out for fire hazards when using candles or other flammable light sources
  • Provide plenty of ventilation when using kerosene heaters, gas lanterns or stoves inside the house. Toxic fumes can build up

Winter Storms

A "winter storm watch" indicates severe weather may affect the area.

A "winter storm warning" indicates that severe weather conditions are definitely on the way.

  • Consider purchasing a NOAA weather radio
  • Keep rock salt to melt ice on walkways and sand to improve traction
  • Have an alternate heat source and supply of fuel. Consider purchasing a generator
  • Avoid overexertion
  • Wear layers of loose fitting, light-weight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing
  • Wear mittens instead of gloves and wear a hat

Winter Driving

  • Install good winter tires
  • Keep a windshield scraper for ice and snow removal
  • Maintain at least a half-tank of gas at all times during the winter season
  • Wear layers of loose fitting, light-weight, warm clothing, rather than one layer of heavy clothing
  • Keep a complete winter car kit, including food and water, in your trunk

Winter Car Kit

  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • Bottled water
  • Sleeping bags
  • Several blankets
  • Matches
  • Plastic bags for sanitation
  • Extra mittens
  • Extra socks
  • Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Can opener
  • Cellular phone
  • Jumper cables
  • Set of tire chains
  • Small shovel
  • Tools
  • Cards and games
  • Food

Flooding

  • A "flood watch" is generally issued 12-36 hours before the potential event.
  • A "flood warning" is issued when flooding is expected within 12 hours or is in progress.
  • Be aware of streams and areas known to flood suddenly
  • Stay away from flood waters
  • DO NOT attempt to drive over flooded roads. The depth of water is not always obvious
  • Stay away from moving water. Moving water 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet
  • Stay away from downed power lines
  • Listen to the radio for information about shelters, road closures, etc.
  • Flood waters can be very dangerous. The best protection during a flood is to leave the area and go to higher ground

For more information see Winter Weather.

For further information please contact the City of Kent Office of Emergency Management at (253) 856-4440
 

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