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    Winter Preparedness

    Winter Ready YOUR FAMILY

    The most valuable asset you have is your family and it’s critical that you have an emergency preparedness plan for them. Be sure to check and update your family’s emergency supply kit before winter approaches. Include items like warm clothing and blankets, a flashlight and batteries, a first aid kit, a battery-powered radio and any medications your family needs. To find out more about what you should have in your kit go to www.lynchburgva.gov/get-kit.

    Winter Ready YOUR HOME

    Here are some important tips to remember to get your home winter ready.

    • If you heat with a fireplace or wood stove, Have a professional check it, especially if it has been a long time since the last cleaning. Residue can build up and cause fires. Also, consider storing wood to keep you warm if winter weather knocks out your heat.

    • Be safe when using generators and space heaters. Generators should not be placed indoors due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Ensure your generator is properly installed by a qualified electrician and placed outside away from air intakes. And never plug space heaters into extension cords—instead plug them into wall outlets. Keep space heaters at least three feet from other objects, and be sure to turn off the heater before going to bed.

    • Avoid using candles during power outages. Many home fires in winter are caused by candles. Flashlights are much safer.  Be sure to have plenty of extra batteries on hand.

    Winter Ready YOUR CAR

    When you are getting ready for winter weather don’t forget your vehicle. Don’t get stuck in your car when a few simple actions can get you winter ready.

    • First, fully winterize your vehicle: Have a mechanic check antifreeze, brakes, heater and defroster, tires, and windshield wipers to ensure they are in good shape. Keep your gas tank at least half full.

    • Keep an extra emergency kit specifically created for your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding a portable cell phone charger, ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables.

    • Have some rock salt or more environmentally safe products on hand to melt ice on walkways, and sand helps to improve traction.

    Winter Ready ADDITIONAL TIPS

    Unfortunately we sometimes lose power during extreme weather conditions. Be prepared!

    • Make sure you have a cell phone with an emergency charging option (car, solar, hand crank, etc.) in case of a power failure.

    • If you or someone in your home depends on electricity to operate medical equipment have alternate arrangements in place in case power is out for an extended period of time.

    • Don’t forget to check on elderly/disabled relatives and neighbors.

    • When the weather is extremely cold please plan to bring pets inside. When you are making up your emergency kits don’t forget to include food for your pets.

    • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it in case you lose power.

    • Fill a gallon container with water and place them in the freezer to help keep food cold.

    • A NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the NWS for all hazards. And don’t forget to sign up for Lynchburg Alerts so you know what is going on right here in your community.

    Winter Ready - City of Lynchburg Video Series

    Video #1 - Make a Plan

    Video #2 - Winter Ready Your Home

    Video #3 - Winter Ready Your Vehicle

    Video #4 - Loss of Power

    Winter Ready – LINKS