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Dec. 3, 2004

Emergency Management Office Offers Tips for Weathering Winter

With the winter season approaching, Pat Egan, Director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, issued some common-sense safety tips residents can take to be prepared for a seasonal storm.

"A winter storm could isolate you in your home for several days," Egan said. "You should be prepared now, before the storm strikes. It's best to have enough supplies to survive at least three days on your own."

Primary concerns in a winter storm are the potential loss of heat, telephone service, and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day. Following is a list of some items that residents and businesses should have on hand:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries to use in power-failure situations.
  • Battery-powered NOAA weather radio and portable AM/FM radio to receive emergency information, along with extra batteries.
  • Extra food and water. High-energy food, such as dried fruit or candy, and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration is best.
  • Extra medicine and baby items.
  • First-aid supplies.
  • Heating fuel. Fuel carriers may not reach you for several days after a severe winter storm.
  • Fire extinguisher and smoke detector. Test units regularly to ensure they are working properly.

More information on winter preparedness is available by contacting the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at (315) 591-9150.

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