Although the calendar says winter in the Northern Hemisphere doesn’t actually start until Dec. 21, the weather forecast seems to communicate otherwise. The extreme weather in parts of the United States has even made headlines recently as “colder than mars,” according to figures from Nasa.
When extreme weather is headed your way, make sure you and your family are prepared for Old Man Winter’s worst. Ready.gov gives some helpful steps about what to do 1) before snowstorms and extreme cold 2) during snowstorms and extreme cold and 3) after snowstorms and extreme cold. When you receive a weather storm alert from the National Weather service, take heed of the following:
Be Prepared for Extreme Weather
Is your car ready for winter? As winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit and car:
- Rock salt to melt ice
- Snow shovels
- Emergency gear, like insulating blankets, crank flashlight, updated first-aid supplies
- Have your mechanic check antifreeze, heater and defroster and tires. For a complete list of items to check, visit https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather
Create a family plan
- Your family might be in different places when a storm or extreme weather hits, so know how you’ll contact one another if cell towers or internet isn’t working
- Remember pets: bring them inside during cold weather and you should have a plan for them, as well, and even make them their own emergency kit with extra food.
Know How to Weather the Storm
Try to stay indoors and off the roads, unless it’s necessary.
- If you do have to go out, stay on the main roads and never cross road closures or flooded roads! Let someone know when you’re leaving and expected arrival time. It’s a good idea to let them know your route, too, in case you get stuck and they need to send help.
If you’re stuck in a vehicle during a blizzard, pull off the road and turn on hazard lights.
- This is when your prepping will come in handy. You’ll likely be relying on the contents of your emergency kit to get you through until help arrives.
Most importantly, experts say you’ll want to learn from every storm. Keep your emergency supplies up to date and stocked in your house and in the car. For ready-made emergency kits stocked with our lifesaving tools and devices, visit our prepareme kits page.
By Guest Author: Zoe Florence
Driver Safety Week is an important time to remember how crucial driver safety is to everyone on the road. However, aside from just reminding people about driver safety, drivers should also take the time to ensure they are safe out there on the roads. Many people die or get seriously injured from road accidents each year and so drivers everywhere should always keep the following things on mind when they go on the road.
We all know that we should never drive drunk, tired, or too fast. However, distractions can be just as bad while driving so it’s important that you remove all distractions while on the road. Put your phone on silent mode or turn it off completely. If you are on a long trip or you truly are waiting for an important call, then you should purchase a in-car phone system that can route phone calls to your car’s speaker system to keep your hands free. However, the best thing to do is still to remove all distractions and you should only use the phone in cases of extreme emergencies.
Wear Your Seatbelt
Studies have shown that wearing your seatbelt can prevent fatalities during car accidents. When worn correctly, this prevents the driver and passengers from flying through the windshield or being tossed around inside the vehicle. Even the most minor car collisions can cause the people inside the car to bump into the dashboard or side mirrors. So, buckle up before you start the motor – and tell your passengers the same too!
Keep a Safe Distance
Don’t follow the car in front of you too closely while on the road. You need time to react just in case the person in front of you stops all of a sudden. Different drivers have different reaction times so it’s hard to say exactly how far you should stay back, but a good rule of thumb is the three second rule. Basically, look for an stationary object on the side of the road. As soon as the car in front of you passes it, start counting. You should count to at least 3 before your car passes the same object.
Drive According to Weather
Driving in the summer and the spring can be a pleasant experience. However, when the winter months come, you need to start thinking about the way you drive. Snow and ice can cause your car to slip, so make sure you have more space in between you and the car in front of you. Fog and sleet can reduce visibility so make sure you go just below the speed limit to avoid accidents.
Maintain Your Car Properly
Car maintenance isn’t just about keeping your car in good shape, but it’s actually a safety issue too. You need to take your car in for regular inspections by a mechanic at an auto repair services shop. An auto repair services can help you keep your can in good shape. You should find a reliable and trusthworthy auto repair services shop in your area who will not only charge you a fair price, but have your safety in mind.
Image via Flickr User Sean Freese
Zoe Florence belongs to the world of automotive sales and management consulting. I am a typical introvert, writer, analyst, friendly web fanatic and a travel fan. I loved to share and gather important information on auto industry and auto repair services.
The resqme team supports all those experiencing difficult weather. Dominik Jung, a German meteorologist, explains that next winter will be abnormally cold, and so does American Joe Bastardi, who works for weather giant AccuWeather, and who explains that “it’s going to be very cold.” These forecasts are based on the calculation of climate indices showing that Arctic air masses will move to Europe. The abnormal cold is also determined by the Arctic oscillation–one of the main factors of influence on winter weather in the northern hemisphere.
Floods in Brittany, France: A state of natural disaster will be recognized for Brittany in France. Several Breton municipalities have feet of the water after the flooding of many rivers. New disturbances are expected in the coming weeks.
Storm of snow and freezing rain in Slovenia and Croatia: There are more than 200,000 homes without electricity due to a severe snowstorm and freezing rain that affected the Slovenia.
Snowstorm in the United States: 13 dead, at least 13 people killed in accidents related to the winter storm affecting the southern United States. In Alabama, five people killed in road accidents caused by the bad weather, while in Mississippi four people, including two children, killed in a fire after a heating problem. Four other people killed in road accidents in North Carolina and Georgia, where, between Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening of last week, there were more than 1,460 collisions and 175 people were injured.
Snowstorm in Romania: there are more than 100 national roads and highways that were closed to traffic due to a snowstorm affecting northeast Romania. Low temperatures and high winds have caused many difficulties in many cities of the country. Some 60 cars are remained blocked because of snow, in Calarasi and Uuziceni counties.
Powerful storm of hail in Lisbon: Lisbon, the capital of the Portugal, suffered a violent hail storm storm last Thursday. The hail that fell in the early hours of the morning left a thick white coat, giving the normally mild temperature of the town an aspect of a winter sports resort.
Heavy rains in the southeast of the Philippines: at least 13 people were killed and seven others went missing in the southern Philippines due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rains. Thousands of people were forced to leave their homes. The floods have affected 132,000 people in 10 provinces.
Britain is facing the worst series of storms of the last 20 years: a new storm named Christina was approaching and the Meteorological Agency has had 73 alerts to flooding, and about 217 areas are on flood alert. After weeks of bad weather, water-saturated soils and rivers are in spate.
Cyclone Bejisa: end of red alert in the island of Réunion. 2 killed, 15 wounded. Cyclone away now from the Reunion Island, he was at 07 h 100 km in the South of the island.
Storm Dirk: one dead, one missing and more than 17,000 homes without electricity in Brittany: the storm Dirk that key Northern Europe currently has 944 hpa pressure at its center located Northwest of Scotland. High winds and heavy rains plan to touch the Atlantic coast, the channel, Belgium and Great Britain.
Bernd storm: thousands of homes without electricity in Ireland. Bernd storm which is located north of Britain with a pressure of 950 hpa, mainly affects Ireland, Scotland, Wales and West of England, with violent gusts of wind and heavy rain.
Rare snowfall in northern Vietnam: a cold wave hit many parts of East-Central and northeastern Asia, giving rise to intense snow falls, reaching even the North of Vietnam.
Rare snowfall in the Arabian desert: cold wave that hit Eastern Europe and the Middle East has caused significant snow falls in Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and the Gaza Strip. In Jerusalem and Bethlehem, the overlapping of snow often exceeded 40 to 50 cm in some areas, with close overlapping of 80 cm at an altitude of 700 meters.
In drought, there’s good sources; in distress, good friends. We are counting on you to help people in difficulties no matter where you are in the world.
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Source: World Weather
Author: Sonia Colasse