Winter Preparations!

The City of Tualatin recently published a Winter Preparation list that we found helpful. Thank you to Kathy Kaatz and the Tualatin Today Newsletter team!

As our neighbors to the east continue to recover from the most recent catastrophic storm, Hurricane Sandy, we are reminded just as any other natural disaster teachers, preparedness is key to weather survival. Will you be prepared for winter? Winter is near and although no one knows what winter will bring … it doesn’t hurt to be ready. Here are some tips for preparing for our upcoming winter weather!

  • Winterize your irrigation system.
  • Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze. To the extent possible, weatherproof your home by adding weather-stripping, insulation, insulated doors and storm windows, or thermal-pane windows.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
  • Learn how to safely thaw frozen pipes.
  • Learn how to shut-off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
  • Make sure you have a battery powered radio (for listening to local emergency instructions) in case there is a power failure, and have extra batteries.
  • Take extra precautions when driving during winter weather.
  • Flooding – if you live in an area that has a tendency for flooding – check out your City’s website for flood preparation information.
  • Listen to weather forecasts regularly, and check your emergency supplies whenever a period of extreme colds is predicted.
  • Create an emergency preparedness kit with at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for your home and office. Kits prepared for vehicle road travel and winter weather evacuation go-kits are also advised. Don’t forget your pets needs too.
  • Make a plan and practice the plan with your family and those depend on you.

Happy Holidays!

-Melody and Natalie

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