Winter weather coming in this weekend, be prepared

By Darren Frazier, McPherson County Emergency Management Director
February 26, 2015

With winter weather forecasted by the National Weather Service for this weekend including the possibility of accumulating snow, sleet and ice, area residents are encouraged to be prepared for changing conditions.  

Some areas may see a wintry mix or rain and freezing rain with some ice glazing.

If you plan to travel, use caution and make sure your car emergency kit is stocked. A car emergency kit should include bottled water for everyone; nonperishable, high-energy snack items; flashlights and batteries; a battery-operated radio; blankets; a compact snow shovel; extra medications; signal flares and other emergency supplies to allow you to survive until help can arrive. Make sure your gas tank is filled before you start and check engine fluid levels and tire pressures. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and take a car charger with you.

It is a good idea to make sure your home emergency kit is well-stocked, too. To keep your family safe and prepared, make sure you have your emergency supplies up-to-date, including a safe alternative heat source if needed if you have one available.

Outdoor pets are especially vulnerable to bitter cold and extreme wind chills. Bring outdoor pets inside if possible or ensure that they have a draft-free enclosure with straw type bedding that is large enough to sit and lay down, but small enough to hold their body heat if they must remain outside. Always make sure that your pets have access to food and non-frozen water.

We will be monitoring the situation as it develops and work closely with our local media in getting out important updates as conditions can change quickly.