Are you traveling by car during the holidays? Before you hit the road, take a few minutes to get prepared. Do these things:
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When the calendar says it is still fall, but the weather says winter is on the way, learn how to stay safe before, during, & after winter storms & extreme cold with the tips below and by visiting: www.ready.gov/winter
The temperatures may suggest that spring is around the corner, but don’t be fooled — we still have plenty more days of winter weather ahead. Follow these tips shared by the National Weather Service and be prepared for cold weather.
- Check the Forecast at weather.gov or your favorite weather app, station, etc.: Make checking the forecast part of your regular routine so you’ll know when to expect cold weather.
- Adjust Your Schedule: If possible, adjust your schedule to avoid being outside during the coldest part of the day, typically the early morning. Try to find a warm spot for your children while waiting for the school bus outside.
- Protect Your Pets, Livestock and other Property: If you have pets or farm animals, make sure they have plenty of food and water, and are not overly exposed to extreme cold. Take precautions to ensure your water pipes do not freeze. Know the temperature thresholds of your plants and crops.
- Fill up the tank: Make sure your car or vehicle has at least a half a tank of gas during extreme cold situations so that you can stay warm if you become stranded.
- Update Your Winter Car Survival Kit.
- Dress for the outdoors even if you don’t think you’ll be out much: The graphic below shows you how.