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NOVEMBER…IS WINTER PREPAREDNESS MONTH
November is the perfect time to start preparing for extreme cold, snow, and ice. We can start by preparing our vehicle for the winter:
- Winterize your vehicle or have your vehicle serviced by a reputable dealer, garage or mechanic.
- Check your wipers, tires, lights, and fluid levels regularly. Make sure the brakes and transmission are working properly. Lubricate door and trunk locks to prevent them from freezing.
Prepare a Winter Storm Survival Kit for your vehicle. A kit is important even for short trips. If you have an accident or your vehicle breaks down, you may be waiting several hours for assistance to arrive. Your kit should include:
- ✓ Cell phone and charger
- ✓ Blankets/sleeping bags
- ✓ Flashlight with extra batteries
- ✓ First Aid kit
- ✓ Knife
- ✓ High calorie, non-perishable foods
- ✓ Water
- ✓ Extra clothing to keep dry
- ✓ A large empty can and plastic cover with tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes
- ✓ A smaller can and water-proof matches to melt snow for drinking water
- ✓ Sack of sand (or cat litter)
- ✓ Shovel
- ✓ Windshield scraper and brush
- ✓ Tool kit
- ✓ Tow rope with loops (avoid chains and hooks if at all possible)
- ✓ Booster cables
- ✓ Water container
- ✓ Compass and road maps
For more information on Winter Preparedness visit Snow Storms/Blizzards and Extreme Cold under the Preparedness tab above.
Weather warnings on the go!
Imagine this: You’re driving down the highway, humming along to your favorite tunes, when the cell phone stowed in your bag suddenly makes a strange noise. To investigate, you take the next exit and safely pull over to check the screen. Good thing you did: Your phone just alerted you to a tornado a few miles away in same county you’re driving through.
Sound plausible? It is. America’s wireless industry is helping to build a Weather-Ready Nation through a nationwide text emergency alert system, called Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), which will warn you when weather threatens. Read the rest of the article on NOAA.gov.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ROLLS OUT EXPERIMENTAL
ADAPTIVE FORECAST PAGE
National Weather Service has rollout an experimental adaptive forecast page. You are encourage to try it out and provide feed back to the National Weather Service.
REMEMBER: IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING…
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