Here's what you should know to stay safe during blizzard

Huron County remains under blizzard warning until Thursday morning.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Dec 26, 2012

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for Huron County and the surrounding areas. Heavy snow will combine with gusty northeast winds to create severe winter weather.

The warning remains in effect until 7 a.m. Thursday.

Snowfall already has begun. Heavy snow and wind gusts of 35 to 40 mph will occur during the height of the storm this afternoon and early evening.

Residents are advised to take the following precautions to provide for the safety and security of their family and property during a winter storm.

Avoid travel, since this would be dangerous. Visibility will be near zero at times and some roads may be impassible from drifting snow. Avoid driving. If you must use your car, make sure it is in good working condition and filled with gas.  Travel by daylight and use major highways whenever possible.  Most importantly, drive with extreme caution. 

Keep emergency supplies in the car including:
• shovel
• extra gloves
• hat
• blanket
• flashlight with extra batteries
• food
• towrope or chain
• extra money 

Keep your radio, television and/or computer tuned to local stations/websites to keep informed of current weather conditions and forecasts.

Be prepared for isolation at home by keeping adequate supplies: heating fuel, nonperishable food, clean water, flashlights with extra batteries, first aid supplies, extra blankets, and a battery powered radio. A fire extinguisher is also recommended, in case the help of the fire department is not available.

Keep some kind of emergency heating equipment and fuel on hand so you can keep at least one room of your house livable in case your power is off.  Keep the room ventilated to avoid the buildup of toxic fumes.

Stay indoors as much as possible. If you must go outdoors, dress warm in loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing. Your outer garment should be water repellent. Avoid overexertion from shoveling or walking to get supplies.