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Why you should prepare for winter now

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We're not there yet but winter weather isn't that far off. Today is Winter Weather Awareness Day.

Here's some tips for you to make sure your house and cars are ready.

Inside your home, you're going to want a three day supply of non-perishable food and water  in case the power goes out and you get caught in some of the flurries like the ones you are seeing.

You are also going to want to make sure you have a flashlight and extra batteries, along with a first-aid kit and supplies. 

Also get your smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors checked. 

Now It's also very important to have an emergency preparedness kit in your car that has blankets, extra gloves, hats, booster cables, a first-aid kit, a flashlight and a windshield scraper.

Something else that might be good to have in your car  is kitty litter or sand for traction.

A small shovel or other tools might also come in handy.

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