As we brace ourselves for the upcoming severe winter weather in Portland this weekend, it’s important to prioritize your health and safety.
Here are some essential tips to help:
- Stay Warm: Exposure to extreme cold can lead to frostbite and hypothermia. Keep your home warm and wear multiple layers of clothing when outside. Don’t forget hats, gloves, and waterproof boots.
- Prevent Falls: Ice can be a major hazard. Walk cautiously on snowy or icy walkways. If you must shovel snow, do it slowly and carefully to avoid overexertion.
- Drive Only if Necessary: Travel can be dangerous during severe weather conditions. If you must drive, ensure your vehicle is winter-ready with appropriate tires, and carry an emergency kit. Always check the weather and road conditions before heading out.
- Stock Up on Essentials: Ensure you have enough food, water, medications, and other essentials to last through the storm, especially if you have chronic medical conditions.
- Stay Informed: Keep updated with the latest weather forecasts and heed any advisories or warnings from local authorities.
- Check on Neighbors: If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbors, check on them to ensure they are safe and warm.
- Emergency Kit Ready: Have a home emergency kit prepared with flashlights, batteries, a first-aid kit, and other essentials in case of power outages.
- Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Never use generators, grills, or other gasoline- or charcoal-burning devices inside your home or garage.
Here are some helpful resource links from the City of Portland :
- Road closures and transportation updates
- Parks and community centers
- Protect plumbing, report water main breaks and other service impacts
- Tree emergencies
- General preparedness for winter weather
- Sign up for public emergency alerts
- Sidewalks should be shoveled
- Help for people experiencing homelessness
Remember, your health and safety are paramount. If you have any health concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. We are here to help you navigate this challenging time safely.
Stay warm and safe!