RIEMA urges Rhode Islanders to prepare for winter

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency is urging Rhode Islanders to start getting ready for the winter months.

The winter season officially begins Dec. 21 and extends through Feb. 28. Last year, Rhode Island experienced one of the snowiest seasons on record, along with very cold temperatures.

“Rhode Islanders are used to getting our fair share of winter weather, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need to prepare each year,” said Gov.Gina Raimondo. “I want to remind Rhode Islanders to be ready for this year by gathering necessary supplies before the snow arrives. It’s also important to take care of one another – I encourage everyone to check in on neighbors and loved ones to make sure that they are properly prepared for any potential winter weather.”

RIEMA recommends the following preparedness tips for individuals, families, and businesses to adhere to before the onset of winter weather:

  • Make a Disaster Supply Kit.
  • Practice your Family Emergency Communications Plan.
  • Check on elderly family, friends and neighbors to make sure they are properly prepared. The elderly are especially susceptible to extremely cold temperatures.
  • Make sure you can heat at least one room in your home if your power or furnace is not available.
  • Before using your fireplace, have your chimney inspected by a certified inspector.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated. Caulk and weather‐strip doors and windows to keep the cold out.
  • Install storm windows.
  • Insulate water pipes to keep them from freezing.
  • Know how to shut off water valves.
  • Make sure your vehicle’s tires have enough tread on them and consider installing winter tires
  • Consider purchasing and installing a generator in case there is an extended power outage. Make sure the generator is installed by a certified professional.
  • Be aware of parking bans as some communities may issue one prior to a winter storm event.

Visit RIEMA’s website to sign up for CodeRED and receive free emergency alerts and additional winter preparedness information.

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