It seems as though there are an excess amount of warnings and alerts when it comes to winter months in Central Illinois. It can become overwhelming, but all of the alerts are more than warranted. Winter comes with a laundry list of risks, and not all of them have to do with the freezing temperatures. Severe winter weather can last for 24-hours or more and heightens the risks of:
- car accidents
- carbon monoxide poisoning
- heart attacks from overexertion
- heat, power, and communication services loss
- health issues in older adults, young children, and previously sick individuals
Through all of this, there are still things you can do to keep you and the people you care for safe throughout the storm. The basics, of course, start with finding shelter. That means stay off the roads, staying indoors, and dressing warmly. Invite your friends and neighbors to stay with you if your home will be safer than theirs. There are still so many actions you can take before any storms hit:
- Be Prepared:
- Know what to expect from the area you live in.
- Get your home ready.
- If you can afford outdoor generators, buy them ahead of time.
- Build kits with enough supplies to last you days and a way to keep track of the weather reports (ie: a battery powered radio).
- Keep a kit in your home and in your car.
- Know how to identify and treat hypothermia and frostbite.
- Survive the Storm
- Layers upon layers of clothing will help whether you have generators/heaters or not.
- Speaking of generators, only use them outdoors, never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven, and follow all safety measures. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a real danger.
- Avoid heart attacks and other health problems by avoiding any overexertion.
- Keep a close eye on any loved ones who are elderly, particularly young, or had a preexisting condition that could be exacerbated by the cold.
When the storm passes, it is important to check your home, business, and vehicle identify any damages that may have occurred. Once everything is checked out, hopefully these tips will have made it possible for you and your loved ones to recover as quickly as possible.
Information retrieved from: https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather
If you do experience damage from a winter storm this year, remember that SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County is “Here to help®.” 309-346-5600