Residents can prepare themselves for the hardships of winter by updating their disaster preparedness plans, emergency contact lists and disaster supply kits for both their home and vehicle.
In a coordinated effort, Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA) recognize November 17-23 as Winter Safety Awareness Week.
“Winter Safety Awareness Week is a good time to restock our emergency supply kits and prepare our homes and vehicles for the upcoming winter months,” said Gov. DeWine. “It’s also a good time to update safety plans, practice those plans – such as home fire drills – and to prepare for winter-related incidents.”
According to the annual National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Winter Outlook, warmer-than-average temperatures are forecast for much of the United States this winter. No part of the country is favored to have below-average temperatures this winter. Neither El Niño nor La Niña will have an influence on winter, which extends from December through February.
No matter the forecast, the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA) encourages Ohioans to plan and prepare for the winter season and its hazards.
“Ohio winters are more than frigid temperatures, snow and ice,” said Ohio EMA Executive Director Sima Merick. “An EF1 tornado touched down in Trumbull County on January 8; and Clark County had an EF0 tornado on February 7. Also, most of Ohio was inundated with heavy rains, severe storms and landslides, which resulted in a total of 21 southern Ohio counties receiving a federal disaster declaration, very similar to February of 2018. So, during this week, check your homeowners or renters insurance. Consider purchasing flood insurance. Know what to do if the power goes out. Prepare now, before winter sets in.”
Citizens should consider purchasing NOAA Weather Radios and investing in alternative heat sources. Residents are reminded to prepare their home and vehicles for winter and pay close attention to weather forecasts and traffic reports. For more information visit http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/ or http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather.
Winter Safety Tips for the Home – http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/WinterSafetyTips.aspx
Winter Safety Tips for the Vehicle – http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/WinterVehicleSafetyTips.aspx
Winter Health & Safety Tips – http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/WinterHealthSafetyTips.aspx
Winter Driving Tips – http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/WinterIceAndSnowTakeItSlow.aspx
Snow Emergency Classifications – http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/snowemergencyclassifications.aspx