Winter Hazard Awareness Week

Winter Hazard Awareness Week

November 13, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (11/13/20)

Grand Forks, ND — This week is Winter Hazard Awareness Week, which is a collaboration of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and the National Weather Service to help Minnesotans minimize the risks of winter. It comes just in time as temps are dropping to winter like normals and parts of the state have been dealing with snowy and icy conditions. Even though we haven’t come to close to the worst winter has to offer, Greg Gust with the National Weather Service this fall/winter transition period we are in now still brings a number of possible hazards.

Hazardous conditions such as high winds, heavy snow, brutal cold, and freezing rain can lead to power outages and a need for alternative heat sources. While a backup heat source is very important, Gust notes that its just as important those heat sources are properly maintained and that you have adequate ventilation.

And for those taking long trips during the winter months, Gust encourages travelers to check the weather and road conditions for where they are and they are going as conditions can change dramatically as you head down the road.

Some of the essentials you should keep in your car in case you become stranded in bad weather include winter clothing, blankets, cell phone charger, flashlight, bottled water and snacks, booster cables, basic tools, sand or cat litter for getting unstuck, a red bandana, and pencil and paper to write down your name, contact info, and destination if you decide to leave your car.

Listen to our full interview with Greg Gust below: