2012-11-01 / Lifestyles

How to create winter plans

Winter storm tips for family members, pets

LANSING – With winter weather approaching, the Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is encouraging residents to have an emergency plan ready, including a plan to keep pets safe during cold weather.

To prepare for a winter storm at home, the MCSWA recommends the following:

• Keeping on hand a battery powered flashlight, NOAA weather radio and portable radio, extra food (canned or dried food is best), can opener, and bottled water (at least 3 gallons per person).

• Make sure each member of the household has a warm coat, gloves, hat and water-resistant boots.

• Ensure that extra blankets and heavy clothes are available.

• Keeping on hand items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.

• Be aware of potential fire and carbon monoxide hazards if planning to use an emergency heating source such as a fireplace, wood stove or space heater.

All pet owners are urged to keep a pet emergency supply kit including the following:

• Three-or-more-day supply of food in airtight, water-proof container;

• Three-or-more-day supply of drinking water;

• Bowls for food and water;

• Medications, vaccination records, and first aid pet supplies; and

• Comfort items such as a toy and blanket.

For more safety tips, visit the Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness website at www.mcswa.com.

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