EMA Helps Prepare For This Weekend's Winter Storm

  • 1/16/2019 3:32:10 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

RICHLAND COUNTY, OH - The Ontario Police Department, along with the Richland County Emergency Management Agency, are urging members of the public to take precautions in the event of upcoming winter storms. Some of the tips they shared are bulleted below.

  • Do all of your grocery shopping before weather conditions worsen so you don't have to go out in bad conditions.
  • In case your electricity goes out, make sure to stock non-perishable food items.
  • Emergency kits for your home should include items such as flashlights, first-aid kits, bottled water, blankets, and battery-operated radios.
  • When making an emergency preparedness plan, be sure to include pets. Check to see if you have enough food and water, as well as making sure they stay warm in colder conditions. 
  • If running a generator, be sure to keep it outside. Do not run generators in any building - exhaust fumes can be deadly. Be sure to test your generator beforehand so you don't have to deal with it in a snowstorm.
  • Make sure to start your car and let it warm up before leaving anywhere.
  • While starting your car, clear any snow or ice from your windows or mirrors to have a clear view of your surroundings.
  • Double-check and make sure your brake lights, headlights, and turn signals are free of snow.
  • If you have a cell phone, be sure to keep it charged in case of emergency. Items such as power bricks, car chargers, and external batteries can help keep your devices charged.
  • Maintain your vehicle's condition regularly so you don't have a breakdown while on the road.
  • Items such as blankets and first-aid kits should be kept in the trunk of your vehicle in case of breakdowns. Emergency services may take some time to get to your location.

Tips provided by Ontario Police Lieutenant Tony Grimwood and Richland County Emergency Management Agency Director Rick Evans.

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