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Winter Weather Safety Awareness Week begins

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As the weather gets colder, Allen County Emergency Management Agency Director Tom Berger says it is important to make sure that your home and vehicles are winter-ready. As the weather gets colder, Allen County Emergency Management Agency Director Tom Berger says it is important to make sure that your home and vehicles are winter-ready.

Sunday marked the start of Winter Weather Safety Awareness week. 

While the snow has not hit the ground yet, temperatures are dropping. As the weather gets colder, Allen County Emergency Management Agency Director Tom Berger says it is important to make sure that your home and vehicles are winter-ready.

"Start looking for anything, especially on the exterior of their home that may cause any type of problems during that winter weather," says Berger. "First we like to tell folks to take a look at those gutters. Make sure those gutters are operating properly, water's flowing freely through those gutters. You want to avoid any type of ice dam situations during the winter. And then as you move inside you house, take a look at the furnace, make sure it's operating properly."

Being prepared for a winter weather emergency goes further than functionality. Having a winter preparedness kit can be key to staying safe. A good kit should contain 72 hours worth of water, non-perishable food, and medication. Families with young children should also keep their needs in mind and include items such as diapers and formula. Having a similar kit for your car is not a bad idea as well according to AAA Sales Manager Cindy Nelson.

"Winter comes and it's really cold, and you just never know what's going to happen you're out there on the road," says Nelson. "And if you get stuck and pulled over, you want to have some comforts and maybe something that can help you get going again.

Emergency preparedness kits are available in stores and online but if you don't want to purchase one, Nelson recommends having a blanket and flashlight in your car at all times, as well as bottled water and small flares.
 

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