Nebraskans encouraged to prepare for winter weather as cold temperatures approach

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – As winter weather encroaches, the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency is sharing tips to help citizens prepare for any situation before it happens.

On Thursday, state and county emergency managers will promote Nebraska’s Winter Weather Awareness Day.

“Every season we look ahead to the winter hazards we could face,” Erv Portis, the agency’s assistant director, said. “For anyone who has survived a Nebraska winter, it’s easy to remember the issues heavy snowfall and extreme cold can cause. It’s easy to understand the need for a winter preparedness plan for your family’s safety.”

Despite dry conditions throughout the state for most of 2022, snow and ice are still likely this winter.

“Before watches and warnings are issued, prepare a winter storm plan that will enable you and your family to survive for up to 72 hours without any outside assistance,” Portis said. “It’s also a good idea to make a family emergency plan so your family knows what to do if a blizzard strikes.”

The agency recommends that you prepare emergency kits for your home and vehicle.  They suggest that Nebraskans to include the following:

  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery-operated NOAA Weather or AM/FM Radio
  • First aid kit
  • One-week supply of non-perishable food
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Water: one gallon per person per day
  • Week’s supply of essential prescription medications
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags
  • Extra sets of dry clothing
  • A windshield scraper
  • A shovel
  • A container of sand or cat litter
  • Tire chains
  • Battery booster or jumper cables

Stay informed during power outages. Get a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio and extra batteries.  A NOAA Weather Radio will allow you to hear all winter weather reports directly from the National Weather Service as well as local radio stations. These are available online and at electronics or sporting stores.  Models are available for those with special needs.

Make a family emergency plan.  If your family cannot return home because of severe weather or closed roads, decide where you will meet. Consider asking an out-of-town relative or friend to be your family emergency contact.

Check out winter weather preparedness tips at: https://nema.nebraska.gov/operations/winter-weather or at https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather.

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