Nebraska weather, don’t you just love it.
In lieu of our local weather for this week in Eastern Nebraska, here are a few Winter Weather tips and readiness from the CDC- Center for Disease Control and NEMA- Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.
Take inventory of whether you have these things in your home:
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Portable, battery operated NOAA Weather Radio and Am/FM radio
- First aid kit
- One week supply of food for everyone in the household
- Non-electric can opener
- Bottled water
- One week supply of essential prescriptions and medications
- Extra blankets
It is also recommended to have an emergency communications plan, in case family members are separated from one another.
If you must be outdoors in winter weather conditions, the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency suggests to:
- Dress warmly. Wear loose-fitting, layered, light-weight clothing. Layers can be removed to prevent perspiration and chill. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Mittens are warmer than gloves and are recommended.
- Stretch before you go out. If you go out to shovel snow, do a few stretching exercises to warm up your body. Also take frequent breaks. Those with heart problems or if lead a sedentary lifestyle, be careful of over exertion and heart attack. Be aware of the symptoms of dehydration.
- Cover your mouth. Protect your lungs from extremely cold air by covering your mouth.
- Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
- Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
- Remember to help your neighbors who may require special assistance-infants, elderly and people with disabilities. (Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, 2016)
Stay Warm and Keep Safe!
Center for Disease Control. (2015, April 23). Winter Weather. Retrieved from Center for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. (2016). Winter Weather Preparedness. Retrieved from Nebraksa Emergency Management Agency: http://www.nema.ne.gov