Be prepared this winter; OEM offers safety tips

Northeast News
January 15, 2014

With snow accumulation and below freezing temperatures, the city of Kansas City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is reminding residents about the importance of safety preparedness.

“It seems the past few years or so the winters have gotten more extreme. We’ve had record snow falls, and this season, extremely cold temperatures,” said Gene Shepherd of the Office of Emergency Management.

OEM created a winter safety checklist and Shepherd presented the checklist during the city’s Jan. 8 Public Safety and Emergency Services meeting. Below is a list of OEM tips.

Your House

•Check insulation and weather stripping. Place towels around the base of doors to ward off drafts and consider using plastic sheeting or energy efficient curtains to reduce heat loss through the windows.

•Drip your faucets and open cabinet doors surrounding pipes.

•Make sure you have an all-weather radio or other means of communication in the event of a power outage.

Your Car

•Use snow tires or all-season tires with good tread.

•Check your antifreeze and make sure it’s a winter blend.

•Replace your windshield wipers, if needed, and fill your reservoir with the proper washing fluid.

•Keep your fuel tank full.

•Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes an ice scraper, broom, shovel, sand or kitty litter, extra warm clothing, food, water and blankets.

•Carry a cell phone and cell charger.

•If you become stuck, make sure snow or other debris is not blocking your exhaust pipe; blockage could cause carbon monoxide poisoning if your engine is running. Signs that carbon monoxide is present include feeling drowsy, dizzy or having a headache.


•Dress in layers: a base layer against your skin that wicks away sweat, a mild layer that provides insulation such as fleece, and an outer layer that’s wind and weather repellant. Wear gloves, a hat, warm socks and appropriate shoes or boots made for cold and icy conditions. Educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia.

During and after severe weather

•Check on neighbors, especially the elderly. Bring pets indoors if possible. If not, then provide warm bedding and shelter from the wind. Check on the water bowl periodically and replace the water so it doesn’t freeze.

•Use caution when using alternative heat sources. Make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. Keep combustables three feet away from heat sources and don’t use a space heater if no one is in the house or room.

•Clear sidewalks of ice and snow.

•Check with KCATA to verify bus schedules and find out which routes are running.

•Check current road conditions with the Missouri Department of Transportation at

•Both the Kansas City Public Libraries and the city of Kansas City’s Community Centers serve as warming centers during the day. For a list of emergency shelters, call the United Way 2-1-1 Call Center by dialing 2-1-1.

Be prepared for any emergency

•Make sure you and your family have an emergency plan and ensure that everyone understands the plan.

•Create a list of emergency contact numbers, including someone outside of the area in case the phone lines are down.

•Keep a stash of needed medicines

•Create a 72-hour emergency kit that includes enough supplies for three days: one gallon of water per person, non-perishable food, medications, food and water for your pets, and other necessities.

Comments are closed.

  • Kansas City embraces the spirit of Thanksgiving

    November 25th, 2016

    Northeast News November 25, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – This Thanksgiving, some in the community went above and beyond to […]

    Office Tower slated for Indep/Benton

    April 1st, 2016

    Northeast Ruse KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Officials with Cashphlash, an international payday lending agency, has expressed interest in constructing a […]

    Fire destroys pawn shop warehouse

    November 19th, 2014

    Michael Bushnell Northeast News Nov. 19, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The Kansas City Fire Department were called to an […]

    Neighborhood Advisory Council seeks candidates for 2015

    November 12th, 2014

    Northeast News November 12, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Kansas City, Mo., Neighborhood Advisory Council is seeking candidates for […]

    A new program coming to teach children music

    November 5th, 2014

    By Joe Jarosz Northeast News November 5, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – An area community center is hoping to bring […]

  • Hang out with runners along the Cliff Drive

    October 28th, 2014

    By Joe Jarosz Northeast News October 29, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – This weekend, runners are heading for the cliff. […]

    Par for the Concourse

    October 21st, 2014

      By Joe Jarosz Northeast News October 22, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Saturday in the park, you’d think it […]

    Scarritt Homes Tour 2014

    October 21st, 2014

    By Michael Bushnell Northeast News October 22, 2014 Along with the hundreds of volunteers who spent time building a playground, […]

    Showcasing culture

    October 21st, 2014

    By Michael Bushnell Northeast News October 22, 2014 On Oct. 18, the Don Bosco English as a Second Language Center […]

    No reservoir-ations about park’s future

    October 21st, 2014

      By Joe Jarosz Northeast News October 22, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – First, they took a look at Independence […]

  • What’s Happening

    Probable cause statement reveals details of Sunday homicide on Ewing Ave.

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News Just after 5:00 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, October 15, a woman approached a […]

    KCAI students working on new mural project at Whittier Elementary

    By Melissa Wharton Northeast News Following last year’s completion of the Scarritt Elementary murals, artist Hector Casanova and his Kansas […]

    Shooting near Denver and Smart in Northeast KC

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News A shooting near the intersection of Denver and Smart Avenues in the Historic Northeast on […]

  • Local Weather