When severe winter weather is forecast, the American Red Cross wants Arkansans to review preparations for the possibility of precipitation that may restrict travel, interrupt work, school and cause power outages.
This is the time to follow the Red Cross big three:
1. Stay Informed to your local weather forecasts,” stated American Red Cross in Arkansas Communications Officer Brigette Williams. The Christmas holidays of 2012 found tens of thousands of Arkansans without power last year. The hope by those impacted, is that 2013’s winter will not be as uncomfortable,
2. Make A Plan If you must travel when winter precipitation is falling, have a couple of alternate routes should roads become impassible.
Just as important is to stay aware of changing weather conditions. Access travel needs before you leave your home or workplace, as well as checking roads along your journey. The same applies to checking your airline before leaving for the airport.
Fill up your gas tank. Not only does it prevent gas lines from freezing, you’re prepared in the event of traffic standstills or detours.
Double check your work and school’s inclement weather policy. Another task is to update your child’s emergency contact list. This is important as many schools, including colleges and universities, notify parents/students of cancelations, delays or lock downs with ‘robo calls’, texts or emails.
3. Have An Emergency Kit Pack emergency supplies for the car, even if you’re traveling a short distance from one side of town to the other. “There nothing like being stuck on the road for hours because of an accident or needed detour with children and finding yourself without extra diapers, snacks and water,” stated Williams. “We have seen Arkansans stuck for more than 12 hours on Interstate 30 during ice storms. A trip that should have taken half an hour.
Emergency car kit supplies:
Click here for an emergency kit checklist.
Additional travel tips include: