The Kansas Division of Emergency Management, in conjunction with county emergency management officials across the state, urge Kansans to take a few minutes to prepare for winter this week. This year, Winter Weather Awareness Day is Wednesday, Nov. 14. It is designated to remind Kansans of the potential hazards associated with winter weather and the actions everyone can take to have a safer winter.
“The best time to plan for freezing temperatures, snow and ice is now,” said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and adjutant general.
A vehicle emergency kit should consist of blankets, flashlights, batteries, a cell phone charger, hand-warmers, high-energy food snacks, bottled water, necessary medications, a snow shovel, flares and other emergency supplies. Additional vehicle preparations recommended include winterizing your car by checking tires and anti-freeze levels, and never letting your vehicle’s gas tank fall below a quarter tank because road conditions may slow down your travel or leave you stranded with no gas and no access to heat.
“It’s also important to restock your home emergency kit with the essentials needed when power is out, temperatures are frigid and roads are impassable,” Tafanelli added. Be prepared to be without power for at least three days by assembling a home emergency kit with emergency supplies for every member of the family: bottled water, non-perishable foods, flashlights, batteries, blankets, medications, children’s games and pet food.