FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Each winter carries the threat of a blizzard, major ice storm, extreme flooding, and extreme cold.
Even tornadoes are possible.
The Red Cross and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security want to remind you that having your disaster and emergency preparedness kits ready is your best way to stay safe from winter weather.
For your at-home or work kits, make sure to have at least three days' worth of food in case the power goes out.
That means that it doesn't need to be refrigerated or cooked on the stove, or in the microwave, or oven to be eaten.
Stock up on batteries for flashlights, cell phones, radios, and smoke alarms.
Make sure to have extra medicine, first aid supplies, and other supplies in case you can't leave the house for an extended period of time.
It's also important to have an alternate heating source in case your furnace goes out.
A secondary heat source means a fireplace, wood stove, space heater or warm blankets available.
— NWS Indianapolis (@NWSIndianapolis) November 11, 2020
If you live on a farm with animals, make sure to move your animals to sheltered areas when winter weather approaches.
They also will need plenty of food and water in their shelter.
There are a few things you can put in your car to stay safe in winter weather.
Make sure to leave extra blankets or clothing, a first aid kit, a flashlight, and booster cables in your car.
Even having water bottles and protein bars can help keep you nourished if you get stuck.
A shovel and cat litter can create enough tire traction so you can get unstuck if you become stuck in the snow.
You may also want to keep a candle, metal can, and water-proof matches in your car in case you get stuck as a heat and light source.
— INDOT (@INDOT) November 9, 2020
Tomorrow, we'll look at outdoor safety tips.