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Winter storm tips and resources


Here are some tips and resources to keep handy during bad winter weather:

If you must drive, be sure to carry emergency supplies, including a small folding shovel, tow and tire chains, a tool kit, a bag of road salt or cat litter, windshield wiper fluid, antifreeze and warning flares.

Additionally, keep a survival kit in case you get stranded. It should include a compass, an ice scraper and brush, wooden matches, high-energy non-perishable food, drinking water, phone charger and blankets and warm clothing.

If you do get stranded, try to get off the road and turn on your hazard lights or light flares. Call 911 if you have a phone and describe your location as precisely as possible. Stay in your vehicle, running your engine and heater for about 10 minutes each hour (with an interior light on at night so people can see you). Be sure to open a window for for ventilation, and keep your exhaust pipe clear to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Move around a little to keep body heat, but don’t overexert yourself or break a sweat, and drink fluids to avoid dehydration. Use your lights, heat and radio sparingly to conserve the battery.

Below are a list of websites that can be useful for winter weather.

First Energy Power outages

Winter driving tips (AAA)

Winter safety tips, driving/emergency kits

ODOT district 3 (Lorain, Medina counties) Twitter

ODOT district 3 Facebook

Red Cross winter safety

Winter safety pets

Winter safety small children

Lorain County School District list, web sites

Lorain County government directory (2015-2016)

Lorain County fire department listings

NFPA heating safety tips

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