Make a plan with your people.
Emergency planning can feel overwhelming. We’ve broken it down into simple steps and provided tools that will make it feel do-able. The same connections that are important in everyday life—with friends, family, neighbors, and communities—are even more crucial in a crisis.
Set up your meet up.
First, make an emergency plan with your inner circle of friends, relatives, or immediate family. That way, you will each know what to do in an emergency.
What basics does your plan need to include?
- Select a few of your nearest and dearest. Who’s the group you’ll want to get in touch with if something happens?
- Pick an out of state contact. Who can serve as a hub for information, if you can’t reach others in your local area?
- Agree on a place to meet. How about a park? A landmark? Don’t choose a house—in case it’s inaccessible.
Read and print our Winter Weather Guide to learn a few easy steps to stay safe.
Review your family plan and gather basic supplies for both your home and vehicle.
Monitor changing weather
Weather can change fast. Make checking the forecast part of your daily routine and continue to monitor as necessary by monitoring local media or using various mobile apps. Pro tip; follow @nwskansascity on twitter
Advisories are issued when winter weather will cause travel impacts and inconvenience; warnings mean the weather could be life threatening. Watches may precede either of these, and are issued when impacts are still 12 to 48 hours out.
Avoid unnecessary travel and exposure to the elements.
If you must travel, drive cautiously and defensively. Clear off ice and snow, and don't leave without emergency supplies!
If you lose power, know how to heat and light your home safely. Never bring a generator inside!
Let your pre-designated contact know you're okay, especially if you were traveling.
Proceed with caution
If you were away during a winter storm, be aware that carbon monoxide, electrical hazards, and food/water quality could all be concerns inside your home.
Protect your health
Take frequent breaks shoveling, and cover exposed skin in cold conditions.