Fall-Winter

Winter Weather Safety

Winter Weather Safety from the National Weather Service: https://www.weather.gov/dmx/wintersafety

Winter Weather Checklists and links

Being safe in dangerous winter weather means not only to taking the appropriate steps during the storm, but also having the right supplies beforehand.

Communication Checklist

  • For Emergency Broadcasts - Make sure you have at least one of the following in case there is a power failure:
    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio receiver (for listening to National Weather Service broadcasts).NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Learn more about NOAA Weather All Hazards Radio
  • Battery-powered radio (for listening to local emergency instructions). Make sure that your batteries are fresh and that you have extra available. 
  • Television
  • Find out how Des Moines County warns the public about severe weather:
    • Siren- An Emergency Outdoor Warning Siren System is an all-hazards siren system used to warn the general population of potential danger. Des Moines County activates the sirens in the event of that an area is experiencing or may experience a life threatening emergency such as tornados or severe thunderstorms with winds 70 miles per hour or more.  

Click the link below to see the Des Moines County Area Siren Map.

Alert Iowa- Alert Iowa is a statewide mass notification and emergency messaging system. You can sign up to receive weather, imminent emergency and public safety warnings. In addition to your own phone numbers and email, you can register contact information for your spouse and family. In the event of an emergency, a text message, voice call or email will be sent to the contact information that you register with the system. Click the link below to be taken to the Alert Iowa sign up page.

Important supplies for your home and vehicle

Have at least a three day supply of food and water for each person in your household.

  • Drinking water - one gallon per person per day
  • Canned/no-cook food (bread, crackers, dried fruits)
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Prescription drugs and other medicine
  • First-aid kit
  • Rock-salt to melt ice on walkways
  • Supply of cat litter or bag of sand to add traction on walkways
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery-powered lamps or lanterns 

There are many more recommended items to have in your home for an emergency kit- click the link below for more information.

Download Printable Emergency Supply List

Build a Emergency Kit

Car and Emergency Checklist

In the winter be sure to plan your trips carefully- listen to the forecasts and plan accordingly. Before you travel check your cars fluid levels and lights. In case you do become stranded somewhere the following items in an emergency supply kit in your car can save a life. 

  • Jumper cables
  • Flares or reflective triangle
  • Ice scraper
  • Car cell phone charger
  • Blanket
  • Map
  • Cat litter or sand (for better tire traction)
  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper
  • Battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
  • Flashlight (and extra batteries)
  • Water
  • Snack food
  • Chains or rope
  • Canned compressed air with sealant (emergency tire repair)
  • First aid kit
  • Tool kit
  • Road maps
  • Compass
  • Waterproof matches and a can (to melt snow for water)
  • Paper towels

For more car safety tips- click on the link below.

Car Safety Link and Lists

safety skills

  • Learn First aid and CPR - Here is a link for more information on learning from the American Red Cross.
  • Health and Safety Training and Education
  • Learn how to use a Fire extinguisher and what type to have available. Learn more about fires and what to do by clicking the following link. 
  • Learn about fires
  • Know how to shut off your utilities- this includes Gas, Water and Electricity.
  • Gas- There are different gas shut-off procedures for different gas meter configurations, so it's important to call your gas company. They can help you prepare for gas appliances and gas service to your home in the event of an emergency.
  • Water- Water quickly becomes a precious resource following many disasters. It is important that everyone in your household learn how to shut off the main water valve to the house. This is not the street valve in the cement box at the curb – the street valve is extremely difficult to turn and requires a special tool.  
  • Electricity - Electrical sparks can ignite natural gas if it is leaking. Teach all responsible household members how to shut off the electricity.

Click the link below for more Safety Skills information.