2017 EMA Winter ArticleSevere winter storms are not uncommon in Central Kentucky. Heavy snow and ice storms can create extreme hardships, sometimes for days at a time. Utilities of all kinds are often damaged. Prepare an emergency plan that assumes you will be without power for an unknown amount of time. Work with your friends, family, and neighbors to help each other in an emergency. Stay informed of weather conditions, and travel only if necessary during severe winter weather. Due to the weight of ice and snow, watch for falling or fallen trees and limbs when venturing out or while driving.

What to do in case of severe winter weather

  1. If your power goes out, remain calm. Remember it takes time to restore downed power lines and transformers.
  2. Choose one room to live in, preferably one with a properly ventilated fireplace or a wood stove and close off the rest of the house.
  3. Don't use emergency heating and cooking devices that take oxygen out and release poisonous carbon monoxide in your home (for example a charcoal burning barbecue unit).
  4. Wrap layers of newspapers around water pipes to help keep them from freezing.
  5. In extreme cold, let faucets (hot and cold) run a little.To keep warm, wear several layers of loose-fitting clothing.
  6. Exercise just enough to distribute body warmth and to keep you alert, but control excessive perspiration.
  7. Eat well-balanced, nutritious meals. This allows the body to produce its own heat. Use several light-weight blankets rather than one heavy blanket for the most warmth.
  8. If temperatures are extremely low, your bed may be the warmest place. This is also a good way to keep children warm.


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