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12 Days of Winter Safety

Day 3


As winter season approaches, it is important to take a few preventative steps to protect your home. Winterizing your home is generally a task that can be done relatively inexpensively, but will make a big difference in how comfortable your home is, and could end up saving you money on energy bills, too.

The following lists winterization tips to help prepare and protect your home during the winter season:
  • Review your homeowner’s insurance policy to ensure that coverage is adequate for extreme weather conditions. Learn what damages your insurance policy covers and how flood insurance can protect you and your home in the event of a flood.
  • Clean out the gutters; disconnect and drain all outside hoses. If possible, shut off outside water valves.
  • Insulate walls and attics. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Insulate the attic floor well to minimize the amount of heat rising from the house and escaping through the attic.
  • Repair roof leaks. Remove dead tree limbs or branches and remove branches that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house – or your neighbor’s avoid liability for the latter).
  • Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer and to help prevent pipes from freezing.
  • During cold spells, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.
  • Make sure furniture isn’t blocking your home’s heating vents.

Information provided by OCSWA and Nationwide Insurance.


11.15.2018:   Oil and Gas Firms Donate Response Vehicle to Belmont County EMA
11.07.2018:   NOAA: A Late El Nino Could Influence the Winter Season
10.22.2018:   First Responder Training Facility Opens in Paulding
10.10.2018:   How to be Prepared for Disasters
09.28.2018:   URSB Public Meeting Notice – October 9, 2018


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Notice of Funding Opportunity

Nonprofits Security Grants Program (NSGP)

Period of Performance:
September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2021

The purpose of the NSGP is to provide federal funds to states to assist nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack through support for eligible physical security enhancements and other security activities.



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Add emergency contact information to your driving record, for law enforcement purposes only, in the event one of your family members would need to be contacted regarding an emergency situation. You can also allow your emergency contact person(s) to share your current medical information with medical professionals providing emergency medical treatment, if you are ever involved in an emergency or otherwise unable to communicate.