HAGERSTOWN, MD — As the I-81 corridor is anticipating a winter storm this weekend regional safety leaders are posting some safety tips.

Washington County Government posted the following tips on their social media:

Photo: Washington County Government, Ready.gov

1. Stay Informed: Stay abreast of local weather updates and advisories.
2. Emergency Kit Essentials: Assemble a supply of non-perishable food items, bottled water, flashlights, batteries, blankets, and a basic first aid kit. This preparation is paramount in the event of power outages or disruptions.
3. Home Preparations: Safeguard your residence by insulating pipes, allowing faucets to drip, and addressing drafts around windows and doors. Ensure your heating system is operating efficiently to maintain a warm and secure home environment.
4. Winter Supplies: Equip yourself with rock salt or ice melt for sidewalks, driveways, and steps. Have a snow shovel or snow blower on hand to facilitate safe mobility.
5. Car Check-Up: Prioritize vehicle maintenance by inspecting tires, brakes, and fluid levels. Maintain a filled gas tank and equip your vehicle with an emergency kit containing essentials such as blankets, a flashlight, and snacks.
6. Communication Plan: Foster open lines of communication with family and neighbors.
7. Charge Up: Ensure your electronic devices are fully charged. A charged phone and portable charger are invaluable assets during power outages.
Learn more about preparedness and safety during winter weather events here. 

–Those tips in a post from Washington County Government – Maryland