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Preparing your home and car can be the difference between life and death, according to the Red Cross. This is why the organization is urging families to have a plan before the severe weather hits.
Assembling an emergency preparedness kit is not hard. You should pack a bag with items like an extra coat, hat, mittens and water resistant boots. Sand or non-clumping kitty litter is always good to have on hand to make walkways less slippery, or in case your vehicle gets stuck in the snow.
The Red Cross strongly recommends having a first aid kit, with medications and an extra blanket. Also, keep a flashlight and extra batteries in your vehicle and your home, along with nonperishable food, and water.
Having this personal kit with all the necessary items could be especially important if you are on the road tonight. Doug Cramer, a meterologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield, says travel will be affected by this storm.
“There will likely be some impact on the roads with a little bit of ice as well. So certainly the bigger impact will be on the roads and the travel across southwest Missouri,” said Cramer.
Another tip is to keep the gas tank full; that will help to keep the fuel line from freezing. As for your home, make sure it's properly insulated and the chimneys have been cleaned and inspected.
For KSMU News, I’m Shannon Bowers.
Be Red Cross Ready: Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed.
The Red Cross is here to make sure you are as prepared as you possibly can be for potential disasters and other emergencies. These events can strike suddenly, at any time and anywhere. There are three actions everyone can take that can help make a difference.
All information below is provided by the American Red Cross
At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed:
Be Red Cross Ready Checklist