WASHINGTON (NNS) -- 'Winter is coming,' words often uttered on the popular television show and book series Game of Thrones, where some characters are constantly reminding others about the onset of what looks to be a long and cold winter.
Many of the characters don't take heed to prepare, being concerned with life happening around them. If only they had Ready Navy to help!
Whether a commanding officer, Sailor, mentor, parent, friend, or fictional character from Westoros, we all have people who depend on us-people we care about-whose safety we impact. Now is the time to ensure that we are all ready for any emergency that may arise in the New Year.
"Winter officially starts this weekend, but already this year we have seen extremely cold temperatures, snow, sleet and numerous storms across the nation and Northern Hemisphere," said Jeff Sanford, Ready Navy Program Manager at Commander, Navy Installations Command, "exposure to subfreezing temperatures, snow, ice, heavy rains, and a strong wind chill can present problems like frost bite and hypothermia as well as cause power outages, knock out heat, and even cut off phone lines, making us all vulnerable."
Sanford stressed that being ready for these circumstances is paramount to ensuring Sailors, their families and all Navy personnel are prepared, "Sailors who are ready are not only ensuring they and their families are taken care of, but are helping to ensure we are able to maintain operations during severe weather or crises."
By reinforcing the precepts of Ready Navy, all Sailors, civilians, and their family members can proactively educate themselves and others about the steps necessary to be prepared for possible winter emergencies:
Be and Stay Informed-Make sure you and those around you listen and pay attention to weather forecasts for your area or areas you may travel. Know that "wind chill" factors are important, as cold wind blowing at higher speeds can carry heat away from the body more rapidly, despite a milder temperature.
Make a Plan-Talk with those around you about possible outcomes of winter weather and make certain they have a written plan they know and can confidently execute. Encourage them to also designate an out-of-town point of contact as part of their communication plan.
Build a Kit-Share the list of items Ready Navy recommends for an emergency kit, and start shopping with those around you to accumulate necessary items in a duffle bag or bin. Building and replenishing a kit over several shopping trips can reduce large expenditures.
"It has been said that 'one of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency'," Sanford said, "it's my hope that Sailors can lead the way by preparing themselves, their families, and those around them today for a safer tomorrow."
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