Staff members from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit say you should have an emergency kit prepared in case of inclement weather over the next few weeks.
After several days of heavy snowfall and freezing rain all over the region in January, the organization has put out some advice to help people get through any emergencies before the end of winter.
“It is important to have an emergency kit that can sustain your family for a minimum of 72 hours to help you through times when services may not be readily available,” explains Katie Lamb, a Multimedia Specialist with the organization. “When creating your kit, consider sufficient amounts of non-perishable food that can be prepared without cooking, a supply of bottled water, medication, first aid kit, clothing and blankets.”
When it’s cold outside, Lamb says you should dress in layers of warm clothing, and cover as much skin as you can, to avoid any frostbite or hypothermia.
Lamb also says you should try to avoid travel during winter storms if you can and to be careful while cleaning up your property afterwards.
“When cleaning up from a winter storm,” she explains, “it’s important to be mindful of the hazards that may exist; hazards such as extreme cold temperatures, icy conditions and heavy snow. These types of hazards can cause injury and possibly death.”
You can read a full breakdown of the Health Unit’s advice on the organization’s website.