Winter weather can be
unpredictable and sometimes dangerous. Updating your emergency kit and
emergency plan will keep your family safe in the event of a serious winter
Low temperatures, icy
roads and blizzards can leave families stranded at home without power, without
heat and without water due to frozen pipes. Be ready, in case you find yourself
and your family in an emergency situation this winter.
Make sure your emergency kit includes:
  • Sufficient heating
    fuel. Know the dangers of carbon monoxide

    and how to prevent it, especially if you are using propane or wood heaters.
  • Adequate clothing and
    blankets to keep you warm.
  • Rock salt.
  • Sand to improve
  • Snow shovels and
    other snow removal equipment.

If you are snowed in
during a winter storm, stay indoors and keep dry. Change wet clothing to
prevent loss of body heat.
If you absolutely
must go outside during a winter storm, be sure to dress for the weather. Wear
several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing, mittens, and a hat
and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
Avoid overexertion
when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack – a major cause
of death in the winter. Use caution, take breaks, push the snow instead of
lifting it when possible, and lift lighter loads.
Be sure to sign up for alerts from the Grand Junction
Regional Communications Center.