Getting Prepared before a Snowstorm

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

HARRISONBURG -- You could get stuck in your car for a long period of time, either from the snow or from an accident, so you should always have a safety kit in your car.

Wanda Willis is the lieutenant for fire prevention in the Harrisonburg Fire Department. She remembered a few years ago when a serious snow storm hit the Valley.

"People were stuck in their homes for days. We don't think that's going to happen this time because the weather it seems is going to be warmer in the next couple of days, but we want to think about being prepared," she said.

Willis said to be prepared for this, you need to have safety kits in your house and car just in case you get stuck.

"You want to have extra hats, extra gloves, things to eat because you might be there for a while because if there's that much snow on the ground, it might take them a little bit to get to you, so you'll want to have water available too."

Blankets, bottles of water, flashlights and fresh batteries are just a few other items you'll need to stay safe. That way, if there's a lot of snow, Willis said you'll have everything you need to just stay home.

"Enjoy the snow, build a snowman, sit back, and hopefully a lot of people will have the day off."

Willis also said make sure your phones are charged and your cars are filled with gas. Plus, she says you should have cash on you just in case stores lose power and you can't use a credit card.

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