How to create winter plans
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.