City offers tips to prepare for winter weather conditions

JOPLIN Mo. – Recent forecasts advise of incoming winter weather and the City of Joplin would like to remind people that cold weather and precipitation can create health and safety risks.

As the cold front approaches, it is a good time to review safety tips and make preparations to reduce the risk of injury or property issues for you and your family.

Stay in touch during this cold spell. By staying in contact, families and friends can help take care of each other if a household experiences any issues during this time.

Prepare an emergency kit

The items listed below should be part of your basic emergency kit and kept in a container that can be easily carried:

  • Water and canned or dried food – families should set aside one gallon of water per person per day, to last three days, and a three-day supply of food per person. The food should be nonperishable items that don’t need to be cooked, such as tuna and crackers. Remember to include a manual can opener. If there’s an infant in the house, include formula and baby food.
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries for the radio and flashlight
  • Prescription medications
  • First-aid kit
  • Copies of insurance policies, deeds and other important records

More tips from the city

  • Layer clothing with loose-fitting lightweight items – Dress warm and stay dry.
  • Know the warning signs for hypothermia, an abnormally low body temperature.
  • Monitor tasks such as shoveling snow, pushing stranded vehicles, or even walking can cause exhaustion and overexertion leading to heart attacks.
  • Practice proper fire safety precautions: never leave a fire unattended; use space heaters according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Running water, even at a trickle helps prevent pipes from freezing.


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