BEATRICE – The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and local emergency managers across the state are encouraging people to be prepared as we enter the winter season. Thursday is Severe Winter Awareness Day, and local officials are urging residents to be ready when winter weather develops in the area.
Emergency Management Director for Jefferson and Saline Counties, John McKee suggests individuals and families have a disaster kit in their home that consists of food, water, blankets, first aid kit, flashlight and other items needed during a winter storm….
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McKee says many homeowners will consider purchasing a generator for their homes. McKee says there are some guidelines to follow if using a generator and stresses the number one rule is to keep it outside…
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Emergency officials also recommend a disaster kit for your vehicle as traveling can be dangerous in the winter months. McKee says during winter storms, help may not be immediately available if an accident occurs on the road or highway….
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McKee says when a winter storm is approaching the area, people should stay informed by listening to weather updates. He says thanks to technology, severe weather information is available thru a number of different sources.
In the past couple of years McKee says counties across southeast Nebraska have been able to offer a community alert system in which weather warnings can be accessed thru cellphones…
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McKee says the service is free of charge. For more information on being prepared for the winter months McKee encourages residents to log on to w-w-w-dot-nema-dot-nebraska-dot-gov.