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South Georgians reminded to prepare for Winter weather

Ashley Tye Ashley Tye
Kevin Wacter Kevin Wacter
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Last Winter, a Winter storm left much of the city of Atlanta frozen under snow and ice.

While no Winter weather like that was currently forecasted for South Georgia as of Monday, the first week of December this year was Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Georgia and Lowndes County's Emergency Management Director encouraged people to start preparing just in case.

"Make sure they have a plan for what they and their family will do during the disaster," EMA Director Ashley Tye suggested. "And, make part of that plan having a 'ready kit.'"

If you're going to be driving to or through an area that could get snow and ice, make sure you pack essential items in the car before you hit the road. "You wanna make sure you have some food, some water, or a blanket," said Tye.

Another good thing to have might be an emergency roadside kit. Many kits come with emergency items such as tire sealant, a workable flashlight, a first aid kit, some jumper cables, among other items. All things that could potentially keep you safe in case you encounter some Winter weather.

It's also important to prepare the car itself. 

Kevin Wacter, owner of Smith Tire in Valdosta, said one of the most important things to do is to check your tire pressure."Always check the air in your tires because with the colder temperatures, because the air contracts, you can lose a few pounds of pressure," Wacter explained. 

Another important tip is to consider replacing your battery if it's more than three or four years old."A lot of 'em are dated, it'll have a punch out on it, especially the after market ones do," Wacter responded, after being asked how to tell if the battery is too old.  Something that could help you avoid getting stranded this Winter.

For more information about Winter weather preparedness, or to find out how to make a ready kit, visit http://www.ready.ga.gov/

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