As winter approaches, the American Red Cross encourages people to ready themselves for the colder weather and winter storms.
“The time to prepare for inclement weather is before it threatens our area,” said Ana Montero, regional CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “We encourage everyone in New Jersey to take steps to prepare for any winter weather that may come our way.”
GET VEHICLES READY FOR WINTER Have a mechanic check the tires, battery, brakes and antifreeze levels. Make sure vehicles are ready for winter with a window scraper, shovel, kitty litter or sand in case wheels get stuck, and a disaster supplies kit in the trunk. Suggested supplies include high-protein snacks, water, first aid kit, flashlight, phone charger, small battery-operated radio, an emergency contact card with names and phone numbers, blankets and extra clothes including socks, hats and gloves.
CHECK YOUR EMERGENCY KIT Don’t wait for a winter storm. Now is a good time for people to check the contents of the emergency kit in their home should a storm require them to shelter in place. Restock missing items and replace items that may have expired. The emergency kit should include:
HEAT SAFETY TIPS The Red Cross urges everyone to follow these safety steps when using alternate heat sources:
WEATHER ALERTS AND FIRST AID TIPS People can download the free Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to winter storm tips and weather alerts for their area and where loved-ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the free First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.