CBS encourages residents to prepare for winter

    Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - The City and Borough of Sitka (CBS) says if residents are not yet prepared for the approaching winter, now is the time.

    Winter weather is expected to be accompanied by dangerously cold weather, strong winds, possible coastal flooding, and heavy snow.

    Residents must be prepared for prolonged power outages, and challenging travel.

    CBS encourages all residents to stay informed of changing weather conditions, build home emergency kits, have family and business emergency plans, and take some simple steps to mitigate the impacts of severe weather.

    In order to be prepared, CBS recommends monitoring the National Weather Center Juneau Forecast office at weather.gov.

    They also suggest having a battery-operated radio to monitor news and weather in case of a power outage.

    Keep an emergency kit in homes and cars in case of isolation during severe winter weather.

    In a home, keep enough food, water, batteries, medicine, and other supplies in an emergency kit to last up to at least 72 hours.

    CBS also suggests creating an emergency plan with family and household members for what to do and how to communicate in an emergency.

    This can consist of identifying friends or family that you might stay with if the power's lost during cold weather.

    If a resident receives medical treatments or home health care services, work with the medical provider to determine how to maintain care and service, in case you are unable to leave home during a winter storm.

    Residents with transportation needs are asked to work with local transportation providers to plan ahead.

    It is also recommended by CBS to provide every family member with the name, address, and phone number of the family's emergency contact.

    To prepare a home for safety during severe weather, CBS suggests a number of things.

    Removing dead or rotting trees and branches, making sure a supply of flashlights and candles is easily accessible for power outages, and learning how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts.

    CBS says to check that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working, keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in the home knows how to use them.

    Take extra steps to insulate the home and keep ice melt on hand, and shovel snow before ice builds up.

    Furthermore, winter storms can cause extended power outages, which can be dangerous during extremely cold weather.

    Have alternate phone charging methods, such as portable chargers, and learn how to use the emergency generator safely.

    All of these precautions are heavily encouraged by CBS.

    For more information, visit the Emergency Preparedness portion of the city's website.

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