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Dec 20

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Winter Weather Preparation

In major winter storms, preparation can be key to survival. Take some time to get ready before a storm strikes. At home, keep the following items available: flashlights and extra batteries, a portable AM/FM radio, extra food and water, extra medicine, and first aid supplies.Always maintain an adequate supply of heating fuel since fuel carriers may not be able to reach you after a major winter storm. If you have an emergency-heating source such as a fireplace, wood stove or space heater, make sure it is working properly and is properly ventilated.

Fully check and winterize your vehicle. Keep the following items in your vehicle: blankets, flashlight, high calorie non-perishable food, jumper cables, towrope, shovel, sack of sand, and windshield scraper. Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Check the latest weather reports before you travel. Try not to travel alone, and let someone know your timetable and primary and alternate routes.

Do not let winter weather catch you off guard. Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, and television for the latest winter weather watches, warnings, and advisories. Be prepared before a winter storm strikes, and stay safe this coming winter season.

Make preparations for this winter a top priority for you and your family. Being prepared can make all the difference. For more information contact the Estill County Emergency Management Agency (606) 723-6533.

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