Hello Near West Siders! In case you weren’t aware, we are in a winter storm warning today, with a lot of snow coming our way. We thought it would be good to pass along a couple of tips form the American Red Cross, and some information on Cleveland’s emergency notification system.

Here goes. These tips are brought to you by the American Red Cross. Visit their Winter Storm Preparedness site for more information.

  • Stay indoors and wear warm clothes. Layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than a bulky sweater. If you feel too warm, remove layers to avoid sweating; if you feel chilled, add layers.

  • Listen to a local station on battery-powered radio or television or to NOAA Weather Radio for updated emergency information.

  • Bring your pets inside before the storm begins.

  • Eat regularly. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.

  • Keep the body replenished with fluids to prevent dehydration. Drink liquids such as warm broth or juice. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine, a stimulant, accelerates the symptoms of hypothermia. Alcohol, such as brandy, is a depressant and hastens the effects of cold on the body. Alcohol also slows circulation and can make you less aware of the effects of cold. Both caffeine and alcohol can cause dehydration.

  • Conserve fuel. If you have backup batteries for your cell phones, make sure they are charged a head of time, and if the power goes out, limit your use of your cell phone.

  • Check on relatives, neighbors, and friends, particularly if they are elderly or if they live alone.

And if you haven’t done so yet, don’t forget to register for the City of Cleveland’s CodeRED notification system. You can sign up on the City’s website at and click the CodeRED picture on the right. The system will send you notifications about weather and other emergencies in your area.

Lastly, if you have any more tips or suggestions, please comment below!