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The Maryland Emergency Management Agency Offers Cold Weather Tips and a Winter Preparedness Video

WITH WINTER APPROACHING, DECEMBER IS THE RIGHT TIME TO PREPARE FOR SNOWSTORMS AND COLD WEATHER

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (December 1, 2015) — The arrival of the holiday season is the right time to make sure you are prepared for winter weather. No matter what part of the State you live in, the winter season brings the potential for cold weather and slippery roads and sidewalks.

“It is difficult to predict exactly what type of winter weather will affect Maryland in any given year, but history shows us that most of the State will have to deal with some bad weather over the next few months,” said Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Executive Director Russ Strickland. “It’s better to make preparations now so you can avoid the last minute rush for snow shovels, salt, and other winter essentials.”

When cold weather hits, it is important to check on the welfare of relatives, friends, and neighbors who may be particularly vulnerable to cold, snow, and ice – this may include the elderly and those with access and functional needs. It is also important to make sure your vehicles are ready for winter travel and that your pets will be ready for bad weather.

Follow a trusted weather source, such as the National Weather Service and local news, to be aware of any predicted frozen precipitation or severe cold. In addition, MEMA recommends taking the following actions prior to the winter season:

  • Build a home preparedness kit that includes winter supplies such as snow shovels, ice melting products, extra warm clothes and blankets, flashlights, and batteries
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home and set the thermostat to no lower than 55° Fahrenheit
  • Check and winterize your vehicle, including all fluids, wiper blades, lights, and systems before the winter season begins. Have a car emergency kit in your vehicle
  • Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
  • ID your pet with up-to-date name tags and rabies tags; include your cell phone number on the tag

In addition to these tips, MEMA has recently released a winter preparedness video on our YouTube site: www.youtube.com/user/StateMarylandMEMA. Additional information about winter preparedness can be found on our website at mema.maryland.gov, Twitter feed @MDMEMA, Facebook page and Instagram.

NOTE TO MEDIA: MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland and other key staff members are available for interviews about winter storm and emergency preparedness.

CONTACT: Chas Eby, chas.eby@maryland.gov, 410-274-6690
Ed McDonough, ed.mcdonough@maryland.gov, 410-446-3333
Emily Allen, emily.allen@maryland.gov, 410-504-4437

***An audio version of this press release is here.


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