Are you prepared for a winter storm? Consider the information below prior to and during a winter snow storm.
Prepare your Home:
• Check your heating systems.
• Have your heating system serviced to make sure it is working properly.
• Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
• Install a smoke detector. Test batteries monthly and replace them twice a year.
• Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.
• Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies.
• Install a CO detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check batteries when you change your clocks in the fall and spring.
• Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.
Be prepared for weather-related emergencies, including power outages:
• Have a supply of food that needs no cooking or refrigeration and keep water stored in clean containers. Don’t forget pet food.
• Ensure that your cell phone is fully charged.
• When planning travel, be aware of current and forecast weather conditions.
• Keep an up-to-date emergency kit, including:
• Battery-operated devices, such as a flashlight, a Weather Radio, and lamps, extra batteries
• First-aid kit and extra medicine
• Baby items
• Cat litter or sand for icy walkways.
• Bring pets indoors
Protect your family from carbon monoxide:
• Keep grills, camp stoves, and generators out of the house, basement and garage.
• Locate generators at least 20 feet from the house.
• Leave your home immediately if the CO detector sounds, and call 911.
Prepare Your Car:
• Service the radiator and maintain antifreeze level; check tire tread or, if necessary, replace tires with all-weather or snow tires.
• Keep gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
• Use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer.
• Prepare a winter emergency kit to keep in your car in case you become stranded. The kit should include:
cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries
food and water
booster cables, flares, tire pump, and a bag of sand or cat litter (for traction)
compass and maps
flashlight, battery-powered radio, and extra batteries
plastic bags (for sanitation).
Bristol Virginia Emergency Management works to protect citizens' lives and property from emergencies and disasters by coordinating emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts.
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Fire Chief Mike Armstrong - Emergency Management Coordinator
Lieutenant Brandon Moore - Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator