The Pryor Times

January 14, 2014

Tips for surviving Oklahoma winter


PRYOR, OK — The old saying goes, if you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, just wait five minutes.  Along with the ever changing weather conditions is the need to plan for those changes.  The American Red Cross encourages everyone to prepare for the ever changing winter weather.

 “It’s always better to be prepared and not need it, than not be prepared and need it,” said Mark Ogle, Director, Rogers/Mayes/Wagoner County Service Center, American Red Cross.

 Oklahoma winter storms can bring sleet, ice, snow, cold temperatures and dangerous driving conditions.  Be prepared this winter by putting together a disaster supplies kit today for the trunk of each of your cars.

 The American Red Cross recommends the kit include blankets, snacks, extra sets of warm clothing, shovel, sand, tire chains, jumper cables, first aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries and brightly colored cloth to tie to the antenna.  Cars should be checked for fuel levels, tire pressure and overall operating condition.

 Avoid traveling by car in a winter storm, but if you must:

— Have emergency supplies in the trunk (including disaster supplies kit).

— Keep your car’s gas tank full for emergencies and to keep the fuel line from freezing.

— Let someone know your destination, route and when you expect to arrive.  If your car gets struck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.

 If you do get stuck:

— Stay with your car.  Do not try to walk to safety.

— Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna for rescuers to see.

— Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour.  Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won’t back up into the car.

— Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running so you can be seen.

— As you sit, move your arms and legs to keep blood circulating and to stay warm.

— Keep one window, away from the blowing wind, slightly open.

 to let in air.

 

For additional information about staying safe in cold weather, please visit  www.redcross.org/easternoklahoma.  To contact your local Rogers/Mayes/Wagoner County Service Center, please call (918) 343-1803 or visit their office at 400 W. Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore.  Don’t forget to like them on facebook.com/redcrossclaremore.