Prepare a winter safety kit

Forecasts for Middle Tennessee predict an unusually cold and snowy winter, which could bring with it sleet and ice. Preparing an emergency kit will help keep your family safe and warm should a power outage to occur. Here are some items you should have in a winter safety kit:

  • Water — 1 gallon of water per person, per day for at least
  • three days for drinking and sanitation
  • Food — at least a three-day supply of
  • nonperishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight — with extra batteries
  • Matches
  • First aid kit
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Prescription medications
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate
  • and sturdy shoes
  • Cellphone and charger or portable charging bank
  • Sand or kitty litter — used for traction should your
  • vehicle become stuck
  •  Ice scraper
  • Booster cables