Tips: Ready.gov – ARE YOU PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER STORMS?

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Coalition members,

Last week, in the immediate aftermath of Sandy, we asked how you prepared, how you encouraged others to prepare, and what you learned from your experience. Many of you weighed in with your stories, creativity, and offers to lend a hand to others. Thank you for your outstanding preparedness efforts, and strength as a community.

There is more severe winter weather coming, and more you can do in this time of both recovery, and preparation. Please read on…

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ARE YOU PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER STORMS?

As winter storms Athena on the east coast, and impending Brutus on the west coast hit much of our country, we ask you to do the following:

1. Read and share this email;

2. Visit http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather;

3. Like and share FEMA’s Facebook page posts;

4. Follow and retweet @ReadyDotGov tweets; and

5. Download and share these useful apps: FEMA – AndroidAppleBlackberry

Also, because social media is such a useful tool in emergency management, check out this post for ideas on other ways to share critical preparedness information.

HURRICANE SANDY: RUMOR CONTROL

As you share preparedness information on social media channels, also watch out for the false information being spread, especially on the response and recovery effort for Hurricane Sandy. Rumors spread fast: get the facts here! And after you do, please tell a friend and help us provide accurate information about the types of assistance available!

CHECK YOUR SMOKE ALARMS, NOW THAT YOU HAVE CHANGED THE CLOCKS!

Finally, let’s end on the topic of a different kind of preparedness: fires.

Now that we’ve moved back to Standard Time, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends that everyone test home smoke alarms and replace the batteries if more than one year old.

A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family of a home fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert scanning the air for fire and smoke. For more information on smoke alarms, fire escape planning, and fire prevention, visit the USFA website.

Updated: November 8, 2012 — 10:49 am

The Author

Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 20th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural Missouri, just a few miles from the Big Muddy. Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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