NOVEMBER 2, 2015, St. Louis, Missouri…The winter of 2015-2016 will dump bombshells of blizzards across major U.S. cities, including areas normally not impacted by icy cold. Weather experts advise people to prepare for the worst that nature can deliver.
“Few people can forget winter’s icy bombshell totaling 100 inches of snow in Boston in early 2015, or the seven feet of snow that crippled Buffalo, New York in December 2014,” says Brian Houser of Quake Kare, the St. Louis-based provider of emergency survival kits (http://www.quakekare.com).
“Thousands of homeowners and motorists feared for their lives when they were stranded, and hundreds of thousands were without power for days,” Houser says.
“In winter 2014, southern states including Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas encountered above-average snowfalls that disabled roadways and power lines, wreaking havoc for motorists, homeowners and apartment dwellers,” he adds. “Forecasters predict that ice and snow for winter of 2015-16 will hit hard across much of the United States.”
The Old Farmer’s Almanac, a venerable publication founded in 1792 and North America's oldest continuously published periodical, predicts above-normal snow and below-normal temperatures for New England. The publication predicts icy conditions in parts of the South and frigid weather in the Midwest. Snowiest periods in the Pacific Northwest will begin mid-December.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that this year’s El Niño is among the strongest on record. El Niño will influence this winter’s weather and climate patterns by impacting the position of the Pacific jet stream.
“While temperature and precipitation impacts associated with El Niño are favored, El Niño is not the only player,” NOAA reports. “Snow forecasts are dependent upon the strength and track of winter storms, which are generally not predictable more than a week in advance.”
Unpredictability until a few days before a bad blizzard occurs is one reason why experts are advising people to prepare for the worst and the potential of being stranded in their homes or vehicles.
How to Survive the Worst
The American Red Cross and Quake Kare recommend that preparing for a blizzard, at minimum, should include having these basic supplies at hand. These should be kept at home, in a car, or both:
• Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation)
• Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation)
• Battery-powered or hand-crank radios
• Extra batteries
• First aid kits
• Baby supplies, including food and diapers
• Pet supplies, including food and water
• Basic medications and medical items
• Multi-purpose tool
• Sanitation and personal hygiene items
• Cell phone with chargers
• Family and emergency contact information
• Emergency blanket
• Maps of the area
Quake Kare offers custom-packed and pre-packed emergency survival kits for cars, homes, offices, schools and other applications including choices of hundreds of supplies shipped in self-contained portable containers for easy access. These include non-perishable food, water, first aid kits, hand-crank power radios, light sticks, candles, waterproof matches, ponchos, multi-purpose knives, portable toilets, blankets, tissue packs and emergency tents and other items to help people survive virtually any disaster. http://www.quakekare.com/car-survival-kits-c-1_3.html
Quake Kare is owned by Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that helps children and adults who are visually impaired maintain dignity and independence by offering employment, education and many support services. All Quake Kare sales revenues directly support Lighthouse programs including Professional Career Development; Special Technology and Adaptive Resources for Students; Summer Jobs for Students; Continuing Education; Arts & Entertainment Accessibility; Low Vision Aid; and other programs for individuals who are legally blind and visually impaired in Missouri and Southwestern Illinois.
For expert advice, contact Quake Kare toll-free at 1 800 2Prepare (1-800-277-3727). For more information, contact Brittney Smithers, Marketing Manager, at 800.542.3697 or 314.423.4333. Media relations contact: Jeff Dunlap at 314 409 5203.