Volunteers sought to drive during winter

December 12, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

The Emergency Management Bureau of the county EMS/Fire/ Rescue is looking for volunteers with four-wheel-drive vehicles this winter to get hospital and emergency workers to their jobs and dialysis patients to hospitals during winter storms.

The department matches people who have transportation needs with nearby volunteers with four-wheel-drive cars and trucks that can safely navigate ice and snow.

People interested in volunteering or with questions about safety tips should call the Emergency Management Bureau at 410-222-8040.

EMS/Fire/Rescue reminds residents to be prepared for winter storms by:

Carrying candles, blankets, matches, nonperishable foods, water, protective clothing, sand and a shovel in cars, and keeping the gas tank full when traveling during a winter storm.

Having working radios, flashlights, emergency heating sources, smoke detectors, carbon-monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers at home, and having chimneys cleaned and the furnace, wood-burning stove or fireplaces checked for safe operation.

Never putting fireplace ashes in a paper or plastic bag or near combustible materials such as newspapers or cardboard boxes.

Having an emergency supply of nonperishable food and baby supplies.

Keeping an adequate supply of prescription medicines on hand.

Pacing themselves when shoveling snow.

Pub Date: 12/12/97

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