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Be Prepared for Severe Winter Weather!

 

In the event of severe winter weather, you want to make sure you're prepared! The following are some tips to ensure that you're ready when inclement weather hits.

  • Store a first aid kit, bottled water, canned/no cook food, non-electric can opener, flashlight/batteries, and candles/matches where you can find them easily in your home - even in the dark.  Make sure that you have enough food, medications, emergency water, etc to be self-sufficient at home for at least 48 hours.  Charge all cell phones and emergency batteries. 
  • Exercise caution when using temporary heaters during a power outage. If using kerosene heaters, maintain ventilation to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Keep heaters at least 3 feet away from combustibles and refuel heaters outside.  If you have a generator, make sure that it is fueled and will operate.  If using generators, heaters, or other alternatives for heating and cooking, be extra cautious about fire and health safety.  Make sure that devices are well ventilated and operated safely in accordance with manufacturers' recommendations. Do not operate generators, bar-b-ques, or any other device that produces carbon monoxide inside a garage or enclosed space.
  • Store a winter emergency kit and extra winter gear (gloves, hats, boot and blankets) in your vehicle - especially when travelling out of town.
  • Keep at least 1/2 a tank of gas in your car at all times to avoid gas line freeze up.
  • Check in on the elderly, those with mobility challenges or at risk in other ways when safe to do so. 

Visit the Manitoba Emergency Preparedness Website for more information: http://www.gov.mb.ca/emo/