LOCAL NEWS

Emergency managers asking Utahns to prepare 72-hour kits for winter season

Nov 7, 2022, 6:39 PM | Updated: Dec 21, 2022, 5:50 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — As another round of winter weather makes its way to the Beehive State, emergency managers are asking Utahns to be prepared with 72-hour kits.

“The name of the game for disaster preparedness is being prepared,” said Bryan Stinson with the Utah Division of Emergency Management and Be Ready Utah. “That means to do it beforehand.”

By Wednesday Wyoming was bracing for an artic storm that could cause temperatures to crash -35.

Meteorologists say these cold winds could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

“It is something that we knew was going to be outside of the norm and we’ve been kind of taking steps going through our plans that we have,” Michael Whisenant said. He is Uinta County’s Public Health Response Coordinator.

Uinta County emergency managers said they were prepared with shelters for anybody who might need to get out of the cold.

They also put a cellphone texting system in place for any emergency public messages they want to get out and have developed a Wyoming Ready app to keep people updated.

A 72-hour kit is recommended for each member of your family, and those kits should be personalized to each member’s needs. For those starting from scratch, kits don’t need to be complicated; start with the basics you can gather around your home — food, water, and warm clothing.

“In cold temperatures, you want to make sure you’re staying away from cotton clothing because cotton clothing holds moisture next to your skin, and when it evaporates, it makes you more cold,” Stinson said.

Grab a phone charger, flashlight and batteries, as well as a first aid kit. Stinson also recommended a candle and matches.

“Believe it or not, a single candle can raise the inside of the car 10 to 15 degrees, and that could be enough to be a lifesaver,” Stinson said.

Stinson suggests writing down important phone numbers and insurance information and grabbing an extra family photo, if available, and then putting that in your kit with some extra cash – he suggests small bills. Also, if you’ve got a whistle, put that in, too.

“As long as I can breathe, I can always blow a whistle,” Stinson said. “Three blasts on a whistle, that’s the international sign of distress.”

For those building a kit for their car, now is a good time to put in a sleeping bag or extra blankets. Stinson also recommends adding rock salt or kitty litter to your 72-hour kit. And if you have a small shovel, add that in, too.

“You want to have some rock salt or kitty litter, so if you’re stuck in an icy situation, you’ll be able to put that under your tire, which can help you get out of being stuck.”

There are dozens of things you can put in your 72-hour kit, and Be Ready Utah has many of them listed on its website.

Stinson said to start small and work your way up to building a bigger kit.

“Don’t worry about having the perfect kit yet; just start with putting those things together, and over time, you can incrementally upgrade that and get a better kit,” he said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Utah State University students (mostly) bundled up against the cold weather. (KSL-TV's Mike Anderso...
Mike Anderson

Logan residents persevere through the second day of the winter chill

Logan residents push through the frigid weather as schools and businesses start late to help fight against the cold mornings.
20 hours ago
Peter Sinks from Chopper 5...
Katija Stjepovic

Experiencing 62 degrees below zero at Peter Sinks

Tuesday marked another day of arctic temperatures in Utah with some areas even colder than Monday.
20 hours ago
(Winston Armani)...
Alex Cabrero

Metro Gang Unit asking Legislature for money to buy tattoo removal machine

Tuesday morning, Nick Godfrey didn't try to hide any of his tattoos. He wanted people to look, and listen, and know that gang life is now part of his past.
20 hours ago
(Dan Rascon/KSL TV)...
Dan Rascon

Alleged fraud committed by top leaders at Layton Christian Academy

Church leaders and teachers at Layton Christian Academy are in tears over an alleged “massive fraud” operation at their school possibly involving millions of dollars.  
20 hours ago
Doctors work on a liver transplant at Intermountain Health hospital...
Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com 

Intermountain Health breaks organ transplant record again

SALT LAKE CITY — Intermountain Health announced Tuesday that it broke its own record for adult organ transplants during 2022, reaching 300 donations KSL.com reported. The organization thanked its donors and caregivers in a statement Tuesday for a fourth record-breaking year for the transplant program. Organ transplants last year included 104 livers, 159 kidneys, 29 […]
20 hours ago
...
Madison Swenson

West Valley City family displaced due to fire

A Utah family has been displaced after part of their home was damaged in a fire.
20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t Let a Ransomware Attack Get You Down | Protect Your Workplace Today with Cyber Insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Emergency managers asking Utahns to prepare 72-hour kits for winter season