- Hunker down Mississippi, it could be a rough ride – I’ve ordered up a nice fluffy show, hold the ice.
- A winter weather warning has been issued for much of the Deep South. I’m already gathering all my candles and candle holders just in case the power goes off. Luckily, I have gas logs in two fireplaces.
- I also have a good murder mystery to keep me from going buggy if the power and television are whacked.
Hopefully you’ve already gone to the store for bread and milk. Today will be a nightmare, I predict. The first inkling that snow is approaching drives every single soul to stock up on enough food for a month!
Here are some suggestions issued from the emergency management agency for making preparations for the big event.
- *Check your pantry for provisions for you and your family to live on for a minimum of three days.
- *Check batteries in radios or dig out the old Walkman so you can receive news.
- *Check and update your family’s emergency supply kit before winter approaches and add the following supplies in preparation for winter weather: Rock salt to melt ice on walkways. and adequate clothing and blankets to keep you and your family warm.
- Listen to your radio, television, or NOAA Weather Radio for weather reports and emergency information.
- If you have no heat, close off unneeded rooms, stuff towels or rags in the cracks under doors and cover windows at night.
- Cover pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic. Allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.
- Learn how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts. If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
- Use extreme caution when using alternative heating sources. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects. Also, when using kerosene heaters, be sure to maintain ventilation to avoid build-up of toxic fumes.
- Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Several layers of lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat. Wear gloves (or mittens) and a hat to help prevent loss of body heat.
If You Are Driving:
- Avoid driving during winter storms. If you must drive:
- Stay on main roads, avoiding back road shortcuts.
- Try to only travel during the day.
- Plan ahead for winter traveling. Be sure to let someone know where you are going, along with your primary and alternate routes.