Winter Travel Safety
Winter car kit essentials
Winter weather could leave you and your loved ones stranded, but a well-stocked emergency kit can help you get back on the road or at least make time waiting for assistance safer and more comfortable. Practice building your own car emergency kit this winter.
- Ice Scraper
- Jumper Cables
- Warm Clothes
- Bottled Water
- Non Perishable Snacks
Snow Squall Safety
Winter weather bring a risk of hazardous weather while driving, including snow squalls. A snow squall is a sudden moderately heavy snowfall with blowing snow and strong, gusty surface winds. It is often referred to as a whiteout and is similar to a blizzard but is localized in time or in location. Snow squalls are similar to bursts of severe storms in the summer, often leaving drivers with little to zero visibility.
In the event of a snow squall it is important to pull over and get as far away from the road as possible. If you are on the highway during a snow squall: reduce your speed, turn on lights and hazards, and avoid slamming on the brakes. If you need to leave your vehicle, pull over to the side and get as far away from the roadway as possible.
Sign up for Traffic Alerts
Sign up for AlertPA and receive emergency and weather alerts, health notifications, building alerts and other updates from state and federal agencies. View live traffic maps at 511pa.com
Holiday Fire Safety
Holiday decorations including candles and Christmas trees increase the risk of holiday fires.
- Only use decorations that are flame-retardant or not flammable.
- Check holiday lights each year for frayed wires or excessive wear.
- Don’t link more than three strands of holiday lights.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended. Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
- Keep your live Christmas tree away from heat sources and room exits.
- Water your live Christmas tree daily to keep it from becoming dry.
Holiday Online Shopping Safety
- Only shop through trusted sources. Before providing any personal or financial information, make sure that you are interacting with a reputable, established vendor.
- Most of us receive emails from retailers about special offers during the holidays. Cyber criminals will often send phishing emails—designed to look like they’re from retailers—that have malicious links or that ask for you to input your personal or financial information.
- Be wary of emails requesting personal information. Attackers may attempt to gather information by sending emails requesting that you confirm purchase or account information. Legitimate businesses will not solicit this type of information through email. Do not provide sensitive information through email.
- You’ll likely make more purchases over the holiday season, be sure to check your credit card and bank statements for any fraudulent charges frequently. Immediately, notify your bank or financial institution and local law enforcement.
Holiday Package Theft
- Track deliveries online and confirm delivery has occurred. You can sign up for email notifications to track your packages from initial shipment to its arrival at your home, or the recipient’s address if you have the gift delivered directly.
- If you know a family member or neighbor will be home, ask them to pick up the packages as soon as they are delivered.
- Switch delivery location to work where it can be received by someone and not left on the porch.
- See if the post office or store the product is being shipped from can hold the package for pick up.
Resolve to be Ready
Make a resolution to be prepared in the new year.
- Make an emergency plan: choose a safe place to meet, learn evacuation routes, and establish an out-of-town contact.
- Take a current photo of you and your pet together in case you get separated during a disaster.
- Get to know your neighbor and invite them to be a part of your emergency plan.
- Snap photos of important documents and save them in a secure place or online.
- Set up group text lists so you can communicate with friends and family during emergencies.
- Take a class in CPR and first aid.
- Keep and update emergency supplies; remember to include cash.
- Have back-up power sources available to charge devices in case of a power outage.
- Snap pictures of your property for insurance purposes.
- Check your insurance for coverage on disasters like floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes.
- Sign up for alerts and warnings. Download the FEMA app to get real-time alerts, safety tips, and locate open shelters.
- Save for a rainy day! Start and grow your emergency fund.
- Financially prepare for the New Year. Find out how with the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit.
December Training Opportunities
Additional Training Opportunities can be found on Lancaster Public Safety Training Center's Training Course Calendar
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