Red Cross wants you to be prepared for winter weather


Wednesday, December 19, 2012, La Crosse, WI, — Winter storms can range from moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard that lasts for a few days. Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, the American Red Cross wants people in southwest Wisconsin to be prepared and to remain safe as a blizzard and winter storm warning is expected for this evening. The safest place to be tonight is at home.

Before the Storm:

People should know the difference between a winter storm watch and a warning. A watch is issued when winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. During a warning, severe weather conditions have already begun or will begin within 24 hours and people should immediately take precautions.

The Red Cross recommends having the following items on hand, at home, in a convenient spot:

• At least a 3-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and non-perishable food;
• A flashlight, battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and extra batteries;
• A well-stocked first aid kit;
• A 7-day supply of medications and medical items; and
• Supplies for babies and pets.

People can learn what to do in an emergency in case advanced medical help is delayed by taking a First Aid and CPR/AED course and by downloading the free American Red Cross First Aid App.

When a Storm is Coming:

• Stay home. Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep emergency supplies in vehicles.
•Listen and watch for critical information from the National Weather Service.
•Bring pets inside. Move other animals and livestock to sheltered areas.
•Stay inside. If people must go out, wear warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in layers.

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