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Winter Storm – How to Prepare and Handle

The Myrtle Beach area is preparing for a rare winter stormWith the Myrtle Beach area under a Winter Storm Warning, it’s important to remember some winter weather tips.

While the danger from a winter storm varies across the country, nearly everyone, regardless of where they live, are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives.

A winter storm can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

One of the primary concerns is the winter weather’s ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region.

The National Weather Service refers to a winter storm as the “Deceptive Killer” because most deaths are indirectly related to the actual winter storm. Instead, people die in traffic accidents on icy roads and of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. It is important to be prepared for a winter storm before it strikes.

Prepare for a Winter Storm by Doing the Following:

Add the following supplies to your emergency kit:

  • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways.
  • Sand to improve traction.
  • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
  • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove. If you have a portable gas powered generator, make sure you have sufficient fuel on hand to run it.
  • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
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Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.

Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS). Be alert to changing weather conditions.

Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
Bring pets/companion animals inside during a winter storm. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills

Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal¬ burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.

The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.

  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.
  • If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.
  • Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.

These winter storm tips are brought to you by Brown and Reaves Services, Inc. Call us for any of your winter related heating needs. 843-497-9867.  Remember to grab our 20% off coupon on your next service call by Liking us on Facebook. We also post daily tips and money saving ideas on Twitter.

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