CENTREVILLE - The arrival of the holiday season is the right time to make sure you are prepared for winter weather. Here in Queen Anne’s County the winter season can bring the potential for cold weather and slippery roads and sidewalks.
“Our County could experience winter storms this season,” said Emergency Services Director Scott Haas. “Preparedness before the snow falls and the temperature drops is essential and helps our community remain resilient.”
“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, you should check on the welfare of family, friends, and neighbors who are particularly vulnerable to cold, snow, and ice – this may include the elderly and those with functional needs. It is also important to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter travel and that you have prepared your pets for bad weather.
Follow a trusted weather source, such as the National Weather Service and local news media, to be aware of any predicted frozen precipitation or severe cold. In addition, Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services 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, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has recently released a winter preparedness video on their YouTube site: www.youtube.com/user/StateMarylandMEMA.
Additional information about winter preparedness can be found on our website at www.qacdes.org.