While we don’t usually think of cold temperatures as a disaster, it certainly requires some planning ahead to stay safe when the mercury drops. Recently, Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp spoke with Jeff Wichman, host of “Sound Living,” about preparing for winter travel. Keeping aware of the weather forecast and assembling a winter kit and keeping it in your vehicle are two tips. For more winter travel tips, listen to the interview.
Access archived “Sound Living” weekly radio programs featuring K-State Research and Extension specialists discussing a wide range of family and consumer sciences topics, including child development, health and nutrition, personal finances, and personal relationships are available.
Ready or not, winter is on the way. As cold temperatures and snow spread across the upper Midwest into the plains this week, take action now to prepare for winter.
Don’t be caught unprepared. Gather the supplies you and your family need: shovels, blankets and clothing to stay warm, food, water, and other supplies. Check out this family supply list from ready.gov Make plans for pets and other animals in the household too.
One of the Prepare Kansas challenge tasks for this week is to review the meaning of Watch and Warning as related to weather situations.
According to the National Weather Service, “a watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so that those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.”
A warning “is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property.”
Food Safey – Disasters and Power Outages
Salvaging and handling food after power outages, floods and other disasters may raise questions and present challenges. Refer to these resources to help recover food from a disaster.