TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Northeast Mississippi is prone to potential winter storm weather over the next 24 hours and the Northwest Mississippi Chapter of the American Red Cross urges residents to take steps now to stay safe.
“We are currently watching the weather very closely and have our disaster action team members and staff ready to assist if the winter storm causes disaster related issues,” said Cheryl Kocurek, Readiness and Response Manager.
As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death.
The Red Cross recommends the tips below for individuals and families to prepare for winter storms:
Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold.
Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog.
Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task.
Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers.
Stay indoors, if possible.
Help people who require special assistance such as elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children.
Check on your animals and make sure that their access to food and water is not blocked by snow drifts, ice or other obstacles. If possible, bring them indoors.
Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.
Heeding Storm Warnings:
A winter storm WATCH means winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours.
People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions via NOAA Weather radio, or local radio or television stations.
A winter storm WARNING means that life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours.
Individuals in a warning area should take precautions immediately.