This week, we will partner with the National Weather Service office in Binghamton to explore what precautions you might take to prepare for New York’s harsh winters.
The weather service says it’s has been proven that the best way to prepare for extreme weather is to have a plan. Never let a winter storm take you by surprise.
If you are expecting to be at home or at work during an extreme winter weather event, you need to be concerned if you will lose power, heat or telephone service.
Losing one of these three services during a dangerous situation, may create a life threatening situation. Make sure you always have a back up plan.
Whether you are at home, on the road or at work, one should always have an emergency kit.
An emergency kit should include the following: a flashlight and extra batteries, a battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio, food and water, extra prescriptions, an emergency heat source, extra pet food and First-aid supplies. (see graphic)
The best action to take during a winter storm is to stay inside. Close off unneeded rooms to avoid wasting heat, stuff towels in cracks under doors and windows, and wear loose-fitting/light-weight clothing.
If you must leave your house, slow down! Let someone know where you are going and what route you are going to take. Stay calm as possible and ease your foot off the gas.
In a skid, turn your wheels in the direction you want the front of the car to go. If you have an anti-lock braking system (ABS), apply steady pressure to the break pedal. Never pump the breaks on an ABS equipped vehicle.
If your car gets stuck in a storm, stay in your vehicle!! If you leave your vehicle, you will become disoriented quickly in wind-driven snow and cold. Run the motor for a total of 10 minutes each hour for heat. While running the motor, open the window a little bit so that fresh air can get into the car to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Make sure you clear snow away from the exhaust pipe to avoid gas poisoning. Attach a bright cloth to your car door to draw attention to yourself, and when it stops snowing, raise the hood of your car to indicate to others you need help.
We’ll share more advice through Winter Weather Awareness Week.