Winter is a fact of life in Saskatchewan and when a blizzard hits, getting around can be very difficult, even dangerous. Swift Current Emergency Preparedness urges you to winterize your family by planning how you will best manage a disruption in your routine during a blizzard. An effective plan includes what you will do before, during and after a blizzard; and covers all aspects of the normal daytime and evening routine/activities for each family member. Plan to take care of your family’s needs for a minimum of 72 hours during any emergency, including a blizzard.
BEFORE A BLIZZARD
Monitor local media for developing weather situations. It is best to anticipate a storm rather than be surprised by it.
Plan a safe place for each family member to go if they cannot make it home.
Plan a way to contact each other.
Include an alternate plan in case cell phone coverage is disrupted.
Plan to reunite your family.
Include an alternate plan in case you don’t have enough gas in your vehicle, it breaks down, or Transit service is disrupted.
Contact neighbours to see if you can work together to deal with potential problems associated with a blizzard i.e. power outage or transportation.
Have on hand at least a three-day supply of food, water and medical requirements.
DURING A BLIZZARD
If you are safe where you are, stay where you are.
If travel is unavoidable make sure you have:
A vehicle emergency kit.
A winterized, reliable vehicle.
Check out local media for weather updates, road conditions and the level of civic services available.
Do NOT run portable generators inside. They create carbon monoxide which can silently kill.
Do NOT connect portable generators into your home electrical system. They will feed power back into the grid and become a hazard to workers trying to restore power.
Battery operated smoke and CO alarms will work during a power outage, hard wired ones will not. Have both in your home.
Use a portable radio, cell phone, or tablet to monitor local media, social media and City web sites for information.
AFTER A BLIZZARD
Assess the damage to your property, if any.
Check out local media regularly for the level of civic services available.
If you must travel, plan your route accordingly. The first priority for City snow clearing is to ensure movement of traffic on the major streets, and access to emergency locations.
Be prepared to move your vehicle if you live on a designated Snow Route street/street segment.
Exercise caution and care when shovelling snow, especially during very cold weather.
Re-evaluate your family’s Winterization Plan.
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