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Red Cross Reminds to be Prepared for Winter Storms

20 Dec News

As the snow continues to fall in Wisconsin today, the American Red Cross is reminding Northern Wisconsin residents to be prepared.

To start, they say people should know the difference between a winter storm watch and a warning. A watch is issued when winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. During a warning, severe weather conditions have already begun or will begin within 24 hours and people should immediately take precautions.

Winter storms can range from moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard that lasts for a few days. Regardless of the severity of a winter storm there are several steps individuals can take to remain safe.

The American Red Cross recommends:

-Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep emergency supplies in vehicles.
-Listen and watch for critical information from the National Weather Service.
-Bring pets inside. Move other animals and livestock to sheltered areas.
-Stay inside. If you must go out, wear warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in layers.