Fulton County believes every resident should be prepared for winter weather. To assist in making preparations for a warm and safe winter, the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department advises all residents to be prepared with emergency supplies for communication, food, safety, heating, and vehicles. The best way to keep you and your family safe is to plan ahead.
Make sure you have the basics to sustain your household until the inclement weather passes. The following list is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help with preparations. A more in-depth preparation check-list can be found at 1.usa.gov/1ehDeXC.
- Make sure you have at least one of the following methods of communication in case there is a power failure:
- Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries.
- Battery-powered radio, with extra batteries, for listening to local emergency instructions
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio receiver for listening to National Weather Service broadcasts.
- Turning on the stove for heat is not safe; have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
- Extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats
- Fireplace with plenty of dry firewood or a gas log fireplace
- Portable space heaters or kerosene heaters
Cooking and Lighting Checklist
- Use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns.
- Never use charcoal grills or portable gas camp stoves indoors. The fumes are deadly.
- Avoid using candles as these can lead to house fires.
- If you do use candles, never leave lit candles unattended.
Food and Safety Checklist
Have three days or a weekâ€™s worth of food and safety supplies. Make sure you have the following supplies:
- Drinking water
- Canned/no-cook food (bread, crackers, dried fruits)
- Non-electric can opener
- Baby food and formula (if baby in the household)
- Prescription drugs and other medicine
- First-aid kit
- Rock-salt to melt ice on walkways
- Supply of cat litter or bag of sand to add traction on walkways
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Battery-powered lamps or lantern
- To prevent the risk of fire, avoid using candles.
Keep a water supply. Extreme cold can cause water pipes in your home to freeze and sometimes break.
- Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.
- Keep the indoor temperature warm.
- Allow more heated air near pipes. Open kitchen cabinet doors under the kitchen sink.
- If your pipes do freeze, do not thaw them with a torch. Thaw the pipes slowly with warm air from an electric hair dryer.
Car and Emergency Checklist
Minimize travel, but if travel is necessary, keep the following in your vehicle:
- Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries
- Windshield scraper
- Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Snack food
- Extra hats, coats, and mittens
Winter Weather Tips for Animals
When the weather gets wet and wild, you want to take extra precautions to ensure pets and livestock remain healthy by following simple guidelines:
- Make sure your fences and gates are secure - winter winds and weather can topple your fence and provide an opportunity for your pet to get out
- Make sure your pets are wearing their ID - if your pet does get out during winter weather, if they are wearing ID, people can contact you if they find your pet, and if you pet is picked up by Animal Control, they will know how to contact you.
- Keep pets indoors when the temperature drops and the storm picks up Â - bring your pets indoors when the weather gets cold; most dogs and all cats, are safer indoors, except when taken out for exercise; short-coated dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater during walks.
- When left outdoors, protect them from wind chill and wet weather - if your pet is an outdoor pet, they must be protected by a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow comfortable sitting but small enough to hold in body heat.
Follow emergency broadcast advisories to stay safe. Prepare for a winter storm before it hits.