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Posted on: December 9, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Be Prepared for Winter Weather

The Galion area received the first snowfall of the winter season this week. The city reminds residents and drivers to be prepared.

At home, emergency supplies should include enough food, water and supplies to last four days. 

  • Check your home emergency kit to ensure you have food that doesn't require heating or refrigeration, one gallon of water per person per day, flashlights and batteries, battery-powered radio, cellphone, first-aid kit, prescription medicines, blanket and cold-weather clothing for each family member, pet food and additional water for household pets.
  • Have a snow shovel handy.
  • Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold.

For more information, visit www.ready.gov.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends, if you detect symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care. Because frostbite and hypothermia both result from exposure, first determine whether the victim also shows signs of hypothermia. Hypothermia is a more serious medical condition and requires emergency medical assistance.

AAA recommends the following winter driving tips:

  • Check or have a mechanic check your antifreeze levels, battery, brakes, exhaust system, heater and defroster, and lights.
  • Never run a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. 
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads.
  • Increase following distance to eight to ten seconds.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. 
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. 

Common terms:

Winter Weather Advisory - Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.

Winter Storm Watch - A winter storm is possible in your area. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for more information. 

Winter Storm Warning - A winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area.

Blizzard Warning - Sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater and considerable amounts of falling or blowing snow (reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile) are expected to prevail for a period of three hours or longer.

Frost/Freeze Warning - Below freezing temperatures are expected.

To receive weather alerts by phone call, text message or email, sign up for Crawford Alerts here: http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/crawford_co_oh/wens.cfm

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