LETTER: Health department offers tips for this winter

To the editor:

It’s time to start thinking about our winter weather and the possibility that you may be stuck in your car or home for some time. Plan on being self-sufficient for three to four days. The following are some suggestions for your car and your home.

For your car:

  • Food bar, granola bars, Poptarts, etc.
  • Gloves.
  • Emergency hand warmers. These usually last a few hours or longer depending on the exposure to oxygen, so throw in a few packs.
  • Emergency blanket(s).
  • Flashlight(s), light stick and batteries for flashlight.
  • Bottled water.
  • First aid kit with: Band-Aids, pain relief medicine and antiseptic cream.
  • Hand wipes.
  • Jumper cables.
  • A full tank of gas before the storm.
  • Flares.
  • Ice scraper/shovel.
  • Check your windshield wiper fluid and fill it up.

For the home:

  • Flashlights/lanterns.
  • Bottled water.
  • Extra pet food.
  • Canned goods and can opener, food in shelf stable packets that do not need refrigeration.
  • Check your medications and make sure that you have enough if a large storm is predicted.
  • Salt for treating walkways.
  • Weather radio.
  • Outside charger for your cell phones.
  • Check on your elderly neighbors.
  • Dress warmly whenever you go outside.

Planning and preparedness can help to keep you safe!

Jennifer Heller, Brown County Health Department