Getting ready for the winter with Winter Hazard Awareness Week

MARQUETTE COUNTY — In the weeks leading up to the winter time, it is important to know how to be prepared for the snow.

For Yoopers, the snow is inevitable. It’s one of those things that you just can’t escape. This week is winter hazard awareness week, and there are many things that you must be ready for when preparing for the winter, because, as we all know, the snow is unpredictable.

“That’s why we use this week to remind ourselves of what we can do to prepare for winter,” said Brett Borchardt, a Meteroologist at the Marquette National Weather Service.

First and foremost, staying warm is the most important…cold weather is the number one cold related killer in michigan.

“Obviously you want to wrap up from head to toe, wear a nice hat and scarf to protect your head,” said Borchardt.

And of course, don’t forget a jacket. But sometimes, being bundled up isn’t enough…keep an eye out for signs of hypothermia.

“A lot of times with hypothermia, you may start to feel a little drowsy or tired, and it’s important to get to a heated place if you start to feel tired out there,” said Borchardt.

When in a snowstorm, always be prepared, no matter where you are. Both at home and on the road, having a handy winter survival kit is key.

“Have flashlights with extra batteries, have nonperishable food items on order for days, so you’re prepared if you can’t get to the store,” said Borchardt.

Those are just few of the necessary items you’ll need. You always need to be ready for a car breakdown or prolonged power outage.

The cold weather can affect you physically, but it can also affect you mentally.

It’s important to stay moving and not let the cold weather get to you.

“It’s important to stay active during the winter; it can be easy to be cooped up in your house when it’s cold and snowy. So one way or another, stay active. It can help your mood,” said Borchardt.

Last but not least, be aware of the terms issued by meteorologists. The cold weather is no joke. If you see a watch or warning, be prepared.

Being ready for the winter can be very beneficial, and sometimes a lifesaver.