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      Blizzard Safety Tips: How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

      As Oklahomans brace for another winter storm, authorities are encouraging people to be prepared.

      As Oklahomans brace for another winter storm, authorities are encouraging people to be prepared.

      The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers these tips for preparing for a winter storm:

      To prepare for a winter storm you should do the following:

      • Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
        • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
        • Sand to improve traction.
        • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
        • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
        • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
      • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
      • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
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