LINCOLN – With winter weather season approaching, the National Weather Service (NWS) is encouraging to be “Weather-Ready”.
According to a release from NWS, the Iowa and Nebraska Winter Weather Awareness Day was last Thursday, November 4 in conjunction with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. This event takes place on the first Thursday in November each year.
Individuals, families, businesses, partners, school, and media are all encouraged to review their winter weather preparedness plans to become a “Weather-Ready” nation.
Make sure your vehicle is prepared. While carrying a vehicle’s winter storm survival kit is foremost, don’t forget to fully check and winterize your vehicle. Make sure your car is in good running order, especially before a long trip. Ensure your windshield wipers are working, the gas tank is near full to avoid ice in the tank, and, lastly, call 511 for the latest traffic and road conditions.
Also make sure you’re “Weather-Ready” at home. Your primary concern is the loss of heat, power and telephone service. Second, the shortage of supplies if conditions were to continue beyond a day. Supplies at hand should include but are not limited to flashlight and extra batteries; battery powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio; extra food and water; extra medicine and baby items; first-aid supplies and heating fuel.
Further information on winter weather safety, science and hazards can be found at: www.weather.gov/safety/winter.