AUBURN, Mass. – The town of Auburn offers residents these tips from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency on staying safe this winter.
Those who already have an All-Hazard Emergency Supply Kit, as MEMA recommends, are ahead of the curve. However, it’s important to check your kit to ensure it’s stocked with enough supplies to survive on your own for at least three to five days, Auburn officials say.
Winter Emergency Supply Kit
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Portable radio or NOAA Weather Radio with extra batteries
- Charged cellphone
- First-aid kit
- Essential prescription medicines
- Nonperishable food
- Manual can opener
- Water (one gallon per person/per day)
- Baby items
- Extra blankets and sleeping bags
- Fire extinguisher
Also, now is the time to review your Family Emergency Communications Plan, the agency says:
- Develop an emergency communication in case family members are separated from one another during a winter storm and have a plan for getting back together. This includes for during the day when adults are at work and children are at school.
- Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the family contact. After a disaster, it is often easier to call long distance than across town. Also, calling outside the area will probably be easier than calling into a disaster area.
- Make sure everyone knows the name, address and telephone number of the contact person.
- Sometimes an emergency could impact your neighborhood or small section of town. Decide on an alternate meeting area.
Also, residents should be informed:
- Become aware of your community’s emergency plans, available through your local emergency management director.
- Be familiar with the emergency plans at your children’s school and your workplace.
- Be aware of the location of your community’s emergency notification systems, potential emergency shelters and possible evacuation routes.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters.
For additional information about MEMA and winter preparedness, go to the MEMA website.