Are You Winter Ready?

January 13, 2012 Updated Jan 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM EDT

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Are You Winter Ready?

January 13, 2012 Updated Jan 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY, ( release) – The combination of snow and wind could greatly reduce visibility and result in hazardous driving conditions.

The American Red Cross urges motorists to use extreme caution if they must travel during this storm. If you must travel, let someone know where you are going, the route you’re taking to get there, and when you expect to arrive so if your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.

Keep your car’s gas tank full to keep the fuel line from freezing, and always carry a disaster supply kit in the trunk, including food, water, and blankets.

When going outside, wear layered, lightweight clothing, gloves or mittens, and a hat to prevent the loss of body heat. Wear waterproof, insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow. If you shovel snow, be extremely careful, take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.

For more winter storm safety tips, visit www.redcross.org. To schedule a free disaster preparedness presentation at your school, business or organization, please contact Denise Herkey-Jarosch, Regional Coordinator, NYS Citizens Preparedness Program at herkeyjarochd@usa.redcross.org or (716) 878-2231.