Winter Weather: There's Still Time To Prepare
Though we've already had plenty of snow in Portland, it's never too late to get ready for whatever Mother Nature might still send our way. Make sure you have an
emergency preparedness kit that includes these items:
• Water -- one gallon per person, per day, for drinking and hygiene purposes
• Food that is non-perishable and easy to prepare
• Enough food for your pets
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit, medications and medical items
• Manual can opener
• Extra blankets and warm clothing
• Non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways less slippery
While you should avoid traveling by car in a storm, if you must, make sure you have an emergency preparedness kit in the trunk. Keep your gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing. Let someone know your
destination, your route and when you expect to arrive. If you do get stuck:
• Stay with your car. Do not try to walk to safety.
• Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna for rescuers to see.
• Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won't back up in the car.
• Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running so that you can be seen.
• As you sit, move your arms and legs to keep blood circulating and to stay warm.
• Keep one window away from the blowing wind slightly open to let in air.