Department of Emergency Management advises: Get ready now for winter weather

POULSBO — The weather is changing from cold to colder and windy.

According to the county Department of Emergency Management, now is a good time to take a look at what supplies you have in the event of a power outage. In addition to fuel for generators, flashlight batteries, and a pile of blankets, it’s also wise not to let your automobile fuel tank get below half full. If the power is out, most gas stations won’t have power to pump fuel.

The Department of Emergency Management recommends you have the following:

— Rock salt or a more environmentally safe product to melt ice on walkways.

— Sand to improve traction.

— Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.

— Sufficient heating fuel. You may be in your home with your heat source cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.

— Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.

— A copy of your Family Communications Plan. It is important to know how family members will contact one another, how to get back together and what to do in case of an emergency.

— A battery-operated radio or a NOAA Weather Radio to receive critical information from the weather service or local news station.

— A disaster supply kit in your vehicle.

— A kit prepared for your pets. And ensure there is shelter and feed for your livestock.

— Extra equipment, medications or other items on hand that you might require on a daily basis.


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