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Posted on: November 12, 2019

Get Ready for Winter

Ready for Winter

We wanted to take a moment to talk about the winter season and its impacts on our vulnerable populations. As an agency, we talk about personal preparedness a lot. It's important that we take care of ourselves so that we may then go out and take care of others that rely on us.

Firstly, what are our vulnerable populations? Vulnerable populations are any particular section, group, or type of people or animals living in an area that may not be able to fully care for themselves; this includes animals, senior adults, children, and the less fortunate.

Some BIG ways that we can ensure that we are all taken care of this winter:

  • Bring animals indoors during exceptionally cold periods.
  • Carry extra jackets and blankets with you for your children or loved ones.
  • Don't leave children, animals, or senior adults in vehicles unattended during the winter season. Just like the heat, the cold can negatively impact the body.
  • Periodically check-in on loved ones that live alone.
  • If you have the opportunity, donate to organizations that provide resources to those in need.
  • "Winter Proof" your home. Ensure that you leave faucets dripping, use space heaters cautiously, and never leave flames (candles or fireplaces) unattended. 
  • Have a winter ready kit in your vehicle! If your vehicle stalls in the winter, you will want to have everything you and your family may need to stay safe and warm before help arrives.

If you have friends or family that take care of a child, animal, or family member, send this information to them! It could save a life. 

The Williamson County Emergency Management Agency also provides up-to-date preparedness and safety information on Twitter and Facebook

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