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What severe weather?!

The following post is by Jen Leary, founder of Red Paw

winter stormI’m a bit of a spas about emergency response, preparedness, and Red Paw, some would say (and they’d be right!). I one hundred percent believe what our tweets say; #24/7 #nosnowdays #noholidays. We are an emergency response organization and if we can’t muddle through during winter storms, during flooding, during a little bit of ice, or on Christmas and New Year’s, who can?!

Now, in my own defense, I was a firefighter for seven years, so I have a sort of intense work ethic. Firefighters, police officers, medics, ER docs and nurses, EMAs, they don’t get to call out of work because of weather; they don’t get snow days, or holidays. Fires and disasters, don’t take holidays or snow days and neither do we!

winter stormWith #snowmageddon2015 fast approaching there has been a lot of discussion and preparation underway for how to best respond in all five SEPA counties, IF we see the 12″ or more of snow being predicted. RP1 has been winterized, our lead responders are on standby, and I broke out my battery powered heated socks (true story)!! It’s a tricky thing this field we are in; we want our vols to be safe, but we also have a job to do. We have other organizations, people in the community, and their pets depending on our services, and we need to be there when we are called upon…and I promise you that we will be!

But, we are all in this together! So here are some tips to keep you safe, me less spazzy, and our responders at home!

winter storm

  • Be sure to heed the warnings and prepare ahead of time.
  • Fill your gas tank
  • Check your emergency kit
  • Grab what you need from the store prior to the storm
  • Cancel any meeting or appointments that aren’t crucial
  • Leave the roads clear for emergency personnel!
  • Don’t park your vehicle on corners; leave room for emergency vehicles to maneuver
  • Also be sure to safely heat your home
  • Don’t heat your house with kerosene heaters or your stove or oven
  • Don’t use candles
  • If you must use space heaters, make sure they are at least 3ft away from anything combustible.
  • If your power goes out, layer up. Do not use generators in your house!
  • Be sure to have working smoke and CO alarms
  • And please check on neighbors
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