Watch out for winter weather

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  • By Airman 1st Class James L. Miller
  • 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
With winter fast approaching, there are precautions Airmen should take to prepare themselves for anything the weather throws their way.

Whether you are getting ready for a blizzard or need to know what to do if your car slides off the road, being prepared is key during the winter season.

"You cannot plan for every scenario, but being prepared is the best defense," said Staff Sgt. Jacob Allen, 28th Bomb Wing ground safety technician.

Being prepared does not only mean starting your car 10 minutes early before you leave, Allen added.

Airmen should know what to have with them and who to call in the event of being stranded in their car during a blizzard or adverse conditions.

"You should have an emergency box already made and ready for when you might need it," Allen said. "It should have a shovel, sand or abrasive material, water, non-perishable food items, blankets, extra warm clothes, a ceramic cup, and a candle with something to light it."

Allen explained in the event you do run off the road, turn off your engine to prevent the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning, and call emergency services to send help your way.

There are also items you should have in your house or dorm room in case of emergencies.

"You should pick up the essentials in case the power goes out," Allen said. "This includes bottled water   and non-perishable food items, like granola bars or canned food, in case you are unable to cook or go to the dining facility."

Additionally, for Airmen going outdoors during snowy conditions, there are some things to remember.

"You should have a hat, gloves, wind-resistant outerwear, and a scarf to protect from the wind," Allen said. "Also, sun reflects off the snow, so sunglasses and sunblock are important to protect yourself from sunburn if you are going to be outside for an extended period of time."
Winter weather can be unpredictable, but if you stay safe and situationally aware, you could prevent an accident during natural disasters like 2013's Winter Storm Atlas.

"The best advice I can give is to keep your wits about you, be prepared and think, and you will be fine," Allen said. "Preparedness is key."