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Winter survival kit necessary, experts say

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Nov. 7-11 was Winter Weather Awareness Week. The Wadena County Sheriff's Emergency Management office reminded citizens that the winter months are quickly approaching and it is important to be ready in case of a winter weather emergency.

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Officials would like to encourage citizens to inspect or create a winter survival kit for their vehicle and prepare themselves for winter driving conditions. As a reminder, it is also important to closely monitor weather conditions before traveling. Visibility and road conditions can quickly become hazardous causing a very dangerous situation for travelers.

To better prepare your home for the winter months, inspect your furnace, check for any carbon monoxide leaks and install or test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. It is also recommended to ensure there is a three-day supply of food, water and medications at home in case an emergency makes it unsafe to venture outside.

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