|Winter storms can occur anytime, sometimes with fatal consequences. The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) is urging everyone to prepare now.|
NOAA’s Winter 2022-2023 Outlook reports the La Niña pattern is in place for a third straight year, with “warmer-than-average temperatures…along the Atlantic coast.” The 90-day precipitation outlook calls for “equal chances for below-, near-, or above-average seasonal total precipitation.” Snowfall projections are not included in the outlook because they are “not predictable more than a week in advance.”
Carbon monoxide deaths are highest during colder months due to the use of gas furnaces and alternative heating, cooking, and power sources used indoors during power outages. All fuel-burning equipment should always be vented to the outside and kept clear. Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, or any partially enclosed area. Keep these devices at least 20′ from doors, windows, and vents. Keep fire extinguishers on hand and make sure everyone knows how to use them. Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of the home and outside sleeping areas.
BUILD A HOME EMERGENCY KIT
Make sure a home emergency kit includes basics such as food, water, flashlights, candles, matches, first aid supplies, medications, and personal care items as well as supplies specifically for winter weather like ice melt, snow shovels, and fuel for safe alternative forms of heat.
Sign up for the Delaware Emergency Notification System at de.gov/dens.
Be sure to visit PrepareDE.org for additional resources.