Winter's coming! Are you WinterWise?

Government and Politics

October 16, 2014

Aurora, CO -- Let's get WinterWise! The Aurora Office of Emergency Management is preparing for winter and wants to help you do so as well, especially during Winter Preparedness Week in Colorado, October 20-25, 2014. Taking preventive action is your best defense against dealing with extreme cold-weather conditions. Learn how to prepare yourself, family, pets, car and home. The WinterWise preparedness booklet is full of helpful tips and suggestions to help you to survive winter.
Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard that lasts for several days. When winter temperatures drop significantly below normal, staying warm and safe can become a challenge. Extremely cold temperatures often accompany a winter storm, so you may have to cope with power failures, loss of communication services, and icy roads. Although staying indoors as much as possible can help reduce the risk of car crashes and falls on the ice, you may also face indoor hazards such as space heaters, frozen pipes and electricity outages. Exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outside, can cause other serious or life-threatening health problems.
By preparing in advance for winter emergencies, and by observing safety precautions during times of extremely cold weather, you can reduce the risk of weather-related problems and cold-weather health emergency issues. Pick up your copy of WinterWise at these locations, available October 27, 2014:

 - Aurora Public Library branches
 - Recreation Centers
 - Aurora History Museum
 - Aurora Municipal Center
 - Or go online and download your copy at and search Office of Emergency Management.
For more information on emergency preparedness contact the Aurora Office of Emergency Management, Ashley Cox, 303-326-8964 or Lisa Ciazza, 303-326-8995.