How to Prepare for Winter Weather

Posted at: 11/10/2012 7:15 PM
By: Justin Thompson-Gee

(ABC 6 News) -- Saturday marks the end of Winter Weather Awareness Week. A week set aside to look at the dangers of winter weather and learn tips to prepare.

Winter occurs every year. We know it will get cold, we know it will probably snow, but for some reason it catches someone off guard every time, rescues go out once or twice a year says Austin Fire Chief Mickey Healey.

On average about 50 people die due to cold or winter related events. Winter is not to be messed with and there are very simple steps you can take to prepare yourself. Check ahead, check weather forecast says National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Shea.

Chief Healey suggests checking to make sure you have hats, boots and gloves. Something as a barrier between you and winter.

A great way to prepare is to create some sort of a survival kit. Something that you can keep in your car in case you get stranded during a blizzard or winter storm or even if your car breaks down due to cold weather. Simple items such as a blanket, flashlight, gloves, and first aid kit can make all the difference when winter weather strikes.

If you do go off in a ditch during blizzard conditions it is better to remain there instead of wandering off and getting disoriented.

A great way to get weather information and current weather is a weather radio. Whatever you choose to do just make sure you are prepared at all times and for all types of winter weather.