By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
Many have enjoyed the warm weather that isn’t exactly typical for this time of year. Many woke up this morning to spitting snow – winter is here. If preparations haven’t been made yet by individuals in the event of a storm, it’s time to get started.
According to emergency management director Greg Standard, there a many things one can do to prepare their vehicles for possible bad weather, however, the best advice he can give is to stay home.
“Certainly, it is safer in a house or a building than it is in a car.
Particularly in winter storms. We also have the issue of blowing snow,” he said. “It could cause you to get lost or leave the roadway, perhaps even get stuck in a drift so you aren’t only out in the cold, but it makes it impossible for anyone to find you.
“In those situations, we especially discourage travel,” he added.
“Icy roads again, they are just too dangerous to be out on, and we strongly recommend that people stay home and wait until the roads clear.”
If travel is a must, Standard has a few suggestions that may keep people safe on the road in the event of a bad winter storm.
“First off, drive as slow as possible because vision or traction issues, or both, are an issue in the wintertime – drive slowly,”
Standard said. “They may make use of chains if that is appropriate.
“You should always in the wintertime have a blanket in your car. If it’s cold in the winter time and the car quits, it would be great to have a blanket in the car to stay warm until the tow truck gets there,” he continued. “It is really not a bad idea year round to have a blanket.
Water, in particular, is the most important thing to keep in a vehicle in the event of being stranded.
“Food and water are important, water in particular,” he said. “You can be stuck in a blizzard for a day or two and water is just priceless.”
With all the preparations and items one can have available to remain safe during a storm, Standard still encourages everyone to stay at home.
“I think I more strongly recommend that you stay home and don’t travel,” he said. “The solution to the problem is to just stay home.”