Red Cross | Must-haves for a winter preparedness kit

As Northeast Ohio prepares for plummeting temperatures, necessities like heat and electricity could be compromised with the changing weather.

When the temps dip below freezing, here are suggestions from the Red Cross for building a kit to get you and your loved ones through the storm.

  • Plan on having a three day supply of food and water, the safest bet is one gallon per person, per day.
  • Make sure to have a battery powered radio for weather and news updates. Also, if you're on daily medication have a weekly supply on hand.
  • For those with young children, stock up on additional diapers and formula, enough to last you through the week or the length of the storm.
  • Dress warmly and layer up. Wear waterproof and insulated boots to keep your feet dry and warm.
  • Gloves and hats are a must and for optimal warmness. Hats should cover ears.
  • If your home has older pipes, it's important to know that they could freeze. Running water, even at a trickle helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • If possible use alternative heating methods including fireplaces. Never use a generator, other gasoline or propane devices inside a home. Locate those units away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide inside homes.
  • Most importantly let your family know you're safe and check in on older relatives who are living alone.
  • It's essential to seek additional shelter or heating centers if your home has been without heat, water and electricity for several days.

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