Are you winter ready? Everything you need to know

Winter Safety Awareness Week is back in Ohio this week.

The middle of November has felt more like winter, and we’ve already seen snow in the Miami Valley!

2017-18 winter weather outlook shows big temp swings

Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich and the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness encourage Ohioans this week, Nov. 11-17, to begin preparing their homes, vehicles, safety plans and stock of emergency supplies.

"Winter Safety Awareness Week is the perfect time to start preparing your homes and vehicles for winter," said Ohio EMA Executive Director Sima Merick. "Because of the warmer weather we had last winter, parts of Ohio experienced thunderstorms, damaging winds and flooding. And just Sunday, Ohio experienced severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash flooding."

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How to prepare your home for winter: 

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  • Remove and cut away low-hanging and dead tree branches
  • Clean your gutters
  • Change batteries in smoke detectors and test them
  • Conduct fire drills

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  • Change batteries in carbon monoxide detectors
  • Have auxiliary heaters, furnaces and fireplaces checked or serviced before using
  • Never leave cooking food unattended

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How to prepare an emergency supply kit:

    • Flashlights
    • Extra batteries
    • Blankets
    • Coats, hats, gloves
    • A battery-operated radio/Weather Radio
    • First aid kit
    • Cell phone and charger
    • Enough non-perishable food for each member of household for several days
    • One gallon of water per person, per day
    • Food and bottled water and supplies for your pets

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