Winter and Bad Weather . . . here they come

Winter storm emergency We’ve put away those T-shirts, tank tops, and shorts and unpacked the sweaters, thermal    clothing, and coats. We’ve stocked up on tissue, cold remedies, and chicken soup, and added Flu Shots to our to-do list. What are we preparing ourselves for? Winter! Winter is only a short while away and with it comes short days, the lowest average temperatures, and bad weather. If only we could hibernate like the gophers and bears, sleeping comfortably until the cold has subsided and the warm weather returned. As children, winter was most welcomed as it offered us snow days, a day without schoolwork. Snow days offered us a daylong recess in a white wonderland filled with sleds, snowmen, snowball fights, and laughter, but the approaching winter season portrays a different type of scene for us adults. As adults we dread stepping out into the bitter cold and driving to work on snow-covered roads with poor visibility. We understand the misery of falling hail, freezing rain, and ice pellets.

With it winter also brings the chance of Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Winter Storms, Ice Storms, and Blizzards. The thought of such natural disasters occurring can cause even the most relaxed person to feel anxiety and become overwhelmed. So how do we maintain our sense of security? Preparation, preparation, preparation.

 It is important to make the necessary arrangements and formulate the necessary plans to ensure that come what may, we are undaunted. Keep a watch on your local weather channel to ensure that if and when a possible natural disaster approaches, you are ready for it. Prepare yourself for potential power outages, blocked roadways, severe cold, and harsh blowing winds. Most important, be sure to stock up on blankets and plenty of warm clothing along with bottled water, nonperishable foods, batteries, flashlights, and any medication you deem necessary.

 We will never be able to stop Mother Nature, but we can be ready for her when she comes. Be prepared.

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

-Benjamin Franklin

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