Phil the groundhog unfortunately saw his shadow on Monday, which means “six more weeks of Winter,” and more opportunities for snowstorms. While compared to last winter, the snowfall in Cincinnati has been mild, it’s still good to keep in mind some tips for if (or when) a snowstorm hits.
Many of these seem like common sense, but after so much activity on the snowy roads leading to accidents last year, Cincinnati’s very own Bob Herzog created a viral video begging people to stay home. So it appears that maybe it’s not as common-sense as it seems. Here are some tips from Ready Colorado to help you out in the case of a storm.
Before The storm
1. Be familiar with storm watches and warnings. If you are not, head to Ready Colorado’s page to find out more.
2. Have rock salt on hand to melt ice and kitty litter to create temporary traction.
3. Have disaster supplies on hand, in case the power goes out. Some examples of these are a flashlight with extra batteries, a portable, battery-operated radio with extra batteries, a first aid kit, one week’s supply of food (include items that do not require refrigeration or cooking), a can opener, medications, extra blankets, and sleeping bags.
During The Storm
1. Stay indoors and dress warmly.
2. BRING YOUR PETS INSIDE. If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them. Move livestock or other non-indoor animals to shelters, and make sure they have access to their food and water supply.
3. Close off unused rooms to conserve heat.
4. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
After The Storm
1. Continue to stay indoors, if possible.
2. Protect yourself from frostbite by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothes in layers.
3. If you must go outside to shovel or clear pathways, stretch before going outside, and take breaks as needed.
Snow can be fun and beautiful, and can also be a great way for some to get off school or work, but remember to take it seriously. If the groundhog was correct, we still have many more chances of snowstorms.