Winter Weather Safety Tips
See a winter storm in the forecast? That's the perfect time to prepare/update the supplies in your 72-hour disaster kit. Basics include:
- Prescription medications (week's supply, if insurance allows)
- First Aid Kit
- Weather Radio
- Emergency cash (especially useful during power outages)
Don't forget emergency supplies for your animals!
- Hygiene items (i.e.,kitty litter, dog waste bags)
Avoid travel in winter storms. If you must travel, tell someone your route and expected arrival time. Check the NM Dept of Transportation Road Information by going to www.nmroads.com
or calling 511.
- Maintain at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle during the winter months.
- Keep a 72-hour disaster kit in your vehicle, including
- High-calorie snacks (nuts, dried fruits, granola bars)
- Windshield scraper
- Battery-powered radio
- Extra hat, gloves, and socks
- Colorful tape/cloth
- Use proper ventilation when heating your home to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- If you have a fireplace or wood stove, stock up on wood. Store it well enough away from your home to prevent a fire hazard (30 ft is good enough).
- Prevent frozen water pipes by wrapping exposed outer pipes in electrical heating tape.
- Leave a drip in the faucet furthest from your water heater.
- Keep the thermostat on to prevent temperatures in your home from dropping below freezing.