Alabama’s Winter Weather Awareness Week Day 3: Being Prepared

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

Recommended Winter Weather Preparedness Checklist


The National Weather Service also recommends that if winter weather is forecasted, you should take the following actions before the storm strikes:


  • Keep emergency numbers handy
  • Teach children when/how to use 911
  • Let your family know how to turn off gas or electrical switches if necessary
  • Double-check your insurance
  • Have a fire extinguisher that works and know how to use it
  • Install smoke detectors
  • Search for any hazards in the home
  • Stock an emergency supply kit (with the items in this article’s main body)
  • Take a first aid and CPR class
  • Know the best way to quickly exit your home
  • Find safe spots in your home

Winter Weather Awareness Week from the National Weather Service and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency continues. Wednesday’s topic deals with how to prepare for winter weather.

As the potential for winter weather approaches, a person should keep informed of the developing weather conditions. News 4 provides a variety of ways to do this with our weather page, desktop alert program, and reports on TV throughout the day if a winter weather event is imminent.

The American Red Cross recommends that everyone be prepared for winter weather with a disaster supply kit. This supply kit should contain such items as a three-day supply of water and food, clothing, a first aid kit, money, any medicines you may need, rain gear, paper and sturdy shoes. They also recommend storing these materials in a water-proof container for extra protection.

Thursday, Winter Weather Awareness Week tells you how to prepare your home for ice, sleet, snow, and frigid temperatures.

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