Winter Preparation

The coldest air this year has arrived and though we may not know how long it will last, Meteorologist Eric Lenning from the National Weather Service tells us that now is the best time to get ready for unexpected weather.

“People need to be prepared for an actual winter starting to develop here and even though December was pretty mild, we need to realize that we’ve had a little bit of a pattern change and a bitterly cold temperature is nothing to play around with. We don’t want anyone getting into a situation where they find themselves in trouble and without preparation,” said Lenning.

Stocking up around the house can be your best bet to waiting out severe weather conditions that may keep you indoors.

“Make sure you have enough food, water supplies of that nature and you might want to check your furnace that your heater is ready to work,” said John Nebl, External Affairs Coordinator for DuPage County Office of Homeland Security Emergency Management.

Be sure to also have extra batteries for flashlights in case your electricity goes out. If that happens and you’re looking for warmth, DuPage County has set up dozens of heating sites for your convenience.

“The county is coordinated right now with all the municipalities to make sure that there are heating sites available in every community, you may have to leave your home unplanned and these sites are a place to make sure you stay warm and stay safe,” said Nebl.

All three public libraries in Naperville serve as heating sites and offer activities if you end up needing to stay there for a longer period of time.

“We have programs, games, especially books and the idea lab and other computers available and I’m just happy it’s in a nice safe inviting place for the community,” said Multi-Media Associate for Naperville Public Library, Mary Rogers.

If you do have to make a trip, make sure your car is fully equipped for any type of conditions.

“Make sure it’s winterized, it’s fully gassed, make sure you have an extra blanket and warm clothing in the car just in case you have a mechanical break down, to ensure that you’ll be warm and safe in the vehicle before help arrives,” said Nebl.

You may also want to store bright colored flags or emergency flares to make it easier to signal down for help in an emergency.

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