Old Man Winter is Coming to East Tennessee

December 6, 2014 Cheryl Smith Awareness and Prevention, First Aid, Preparation and Disaster Planning

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Winter officially starts in a couple of weeks and CPR Choice wants to make sure you are prepared!  As cold temperatures and the threat of snow or a wintery mix move into our area, it’s a great time to review your emergency preparedness plans and kit.  Thankfully the winter’s in East Tennessee aren’t very harsh but it is still a good idea to be ready.  CPR Choice has some suggestions to get you prepared:

Home:

  • Inventory supplies needed in case the power goes out such as blankets, sleeping bags, winter coats, flash lights and lanterns.
  • Store your flashlights and/or lanterns, including batteries and supplies, in an easy to get to place.
  • Check your battery & other supplies now, before you need them.
  • If you choose to use a portable or kerosene heater make sure they’re in good working order and follow safety precautions while they’re in use
  • In really cold temperatures, leave tap water slightly dripping to avoid pipes freezing.
  • Fill the bathtub or have bottled water on hand.

Food & Water:

  • Make sure you have drinking water.  Keep some bottled water on hand.
  • Have a supply of canned & no-cook foods available. And don’t forget the non-electric can opener!
  • Prescription drugs and other medicines
  • First aid kit

Car:

  • Cell phone, portable charger
  • Battery powered radio
  • Blankets, coat and other items to stay warm if stranded
  • Booster cables and emergency flares

Be safe, be prepared & stay warm!

 

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