TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The National Weather Service and American Red Cross are declaring this week "Winter Weather Preparedness Week."
Winter weather emergencies can happen in the Wabash Valley and officials say to prepare now. Red Cross officials say there are simple things people can do to make sure they are safe during a winter weather emergency. They say to make sure homes and vehicles are equipped with supplies necessary for a couple of days.
The American Red cross is hard at work preparing for winter weather.
"Of course during winter there is unsuspecting weather so we want to make sure everyone is prepared in those scenarios that may catch them off guard" Red Cross disaster coordinator Lindsay Brewer says.
Brewer says it is important for the public to be educated about winter weather because emergencies can happen anywhere.
"Particularly talking about emergency supplies kits and teaching students about a pillowcase project at local schools and how they can be prepared for their families and also we are preparing our shelter trailers to make sure we have all of the materials ready to go if we do have to activate an emergency" she says.
Brewer stresses the kit should have everything a person would need for a couple of days.
"These things can include three days worth of water, non-perishable food items, flash lights, medications, things that they would need in case they were snowed in or there was a large power outage that they wouldn't think of" she says.
The Wabash Valley has had relatively mild winters for the past couple of years. Officials say it is important to not lower your guard because winter emergencies can happen any year.
"It defintiely can happen here. Every winter the American Red Cross we prepare for circumstances like winter storms and large widespread power outages so this is something we take very seriously and encourage others to take seriously also" Brewer says.
The Red Cross says when creating your emergency kit to remember items besides food and water. They say items like cat litter and extra clothing can often go overlooked.