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Health officials urge you to prepare for a safe winter

BEADS OF frost adorn the edges of a trio of miniature roses.	 Mark B. Gibson photo

BEADS OF frost adorn the edges of a trio of miniature roses. Mark B. Gibson photo Photo by Mark Gibson.

Winter will officially arrive Dec. 21, but we all know that Mother Nature doesn’t follow a calendar.

North Central Public Health officials urge residents to take time now to prepare yourself and your family for the winter weather.

Winterize your vehicle by checking maintenance and service issues like the antifreeze level, the heating system and the wear on tires. Also remember to update your vehicle emergency kit to include such items as water, snacks, a shovel and a flashlight with working batteries.

For a complete list of recommended maintenance and emergency kit items for your car, visit the websites listed in this story.

Winterize your home and your family by learning the signs of hypothermia and frostbite, understanding weather warnings and weatherizing your home to protect against the cold. Remember to keep emergency numbers in an easy to locate area, like on your refrigerator.

Also, be sure your home emergency kit is up-to-date and includes things like extra blankets, a battery-powered radio and an extra supply of non-perishable foods.

For a complete list of recommended winter maintenance and emergency kit items for your home, as well as winter safety tips, visit the websites listed below:

Oregon Health Authority:

https://public.health.oregon.gov/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForWinterStorms.aspx

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention:

http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/

American Red Cross:

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm

FEMA:

http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

Visit North Central Public Health District at www.wshd.org. or call (541) 506-2600.

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