Winter Emergency Preparedness Tips
With another Colorado winter upon us, the Wheat Ridge Police Department’s Emergency Preparedness Office wants to stress the importance of being prepared for a winter storm whether you’re on the road or at home.
Please take some time to review your family’s emergency preparedness with this Winter Preparedness Checklist. It will help you prepare your home and vehicle for winter weather hazards.
Household emergency supplies should include enough food, water and supplies to last four days without power or help. Check your home emergency kit against this basic checklist.
- Food that doesn’t require heating or refrigeration, such as canned meats, soups and stews, cereal, and
- energy bars
- Manual can opener
- Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils
- 1 gallon of water per person per day (allow enough for four days)
- Flashlights and batteries
- Battery-powered radio
- Battery-powered clock
- Cellular phone
- First-aid kit
- Four-day supply of prescription medicines
- Blanket and cold-weather clothing for each family member
- Pet food and additional water for household pets
- Winter driving can mean coping with ice, snow and hazardous roads. Road conditions can change in an instant.
- Before traveling, give cars a winter preparedness exam.
- Check antifreeze
- Check and replace older batteries
- Remember to keep the gas tank near full to avoid freezing water in the fuel line
- Check tires and spare tire for proper inflation
Make sure automobiles contain the following emergency supplies to handle winter road hazards.
- Bag of sand, road salt or non-clumping cat litter. The bag’s extra weight means better traction, and the contents can be spread under slipping tires.
- Ice scraper
- Jumper cables
- Small shovel (to dig snow away from wheels, or scatter sand on roadway)
- Tire chains (every driver should practice putting them on)
- Flares or reflective triangle to warn other motorists if you break down
- Flashlight and batteries
- Gallon jug of drinking water
- First aid kit
The Red Cross Recommends That All First Aid Kits For A Family Of Four Include The Following:
- 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
- 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
- 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
- 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
- 5 antiseptic wipe packets
- 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
- 1 blanket (space blanket)
- 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
- 1 instant cold compress
- 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
- 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
- 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
- 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
- 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
- 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
- Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
- 2 triangular bandages
- First aid instruction booklet