This past week has been very devastating to a number of states due to Storm Sandy. But while we don’t get the hurricanes, we will be getting the winter weather and now is the time to prepare ahead of time and be ready when it comes. This reminder before the storm hits to help people take simple steps that lead to an enjoyable and safe winter season.
Each day of the week has a weather awareness to check out. Mondays theme is ‘Winter Weather Overview’; Tuesday is ‘Outdoor Winter Safety’; Wednesday is ‘Winter Fire Safety’; Thursday is ‘Indoor Winter Safety’; and Friday is ‘Winter Driving’. You can check each of these out and get information that will help you through the rough winter weather at, https://hsem.dps.mn.gov , and clicking on the picture for Winter Hazard Awareness week. This will give you important information regarding 5-1-1, hypothermia and frostbite, heat sources and car survival kits.
Along with this important information, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and the National Weather Service are sponsoring their annual “What’s your Winter?” photo contest. This contest runs from December 2012 through February 2013 and invites members of the public to show them how you enjoy your safe Minnesota winter by sharing your best digital photos throughout the season.
Viewers can upload your photos and then vote for your favorite at the end of the contest. Prizes will be awarded to the top vote getters in four categories in both adult and youth divisions. Go to https://hsem.dps.mn.gov and click on the Winter Hazard Awareness icon and then Photo Contest on the left side.
Don’t forget to register for ‘CODERED’ weather alerts! Go to www.co.watonwan.mn.us and click on the word CODERED and that will take you directly to a registration page, complete the form and you will receive warnings for weather that specifically effects your location in Watonwan County.
Please feel free to contact your Watonwan County Emergency Management Director, Julie A. Peterson, at 375-5841 for additional information regarding your Family Preparedness Plan, Family Preparedness Supply List and other Preparedness information.