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      Preparing for winter storms

      The Facebook Friday story for October 4 focuses on winter preparedness.

      Blankets, water, and non-perishable food items are just a few of the things the Red Cross recommends every homeowner should have if there is a power outage after a heavy winter storm.

      "You should always keep your cell phone charged at all times because a lot of people don't realize that on Internet service, if they have phones through the Internet service and you lose power, you may lose your phones. So always keep your cell phone charged up at all times," said Marquette's Emergency Services Program Manager for the American Red Cross, Jeff Selesky.

      The Emergency Management office of Marquette County reports, on average, a major winter storm hits part of Michigan at least once per month between October and April.

      On the TV6 and FOX UP Facebook page, Tami Westman said she has, "Candles, battery-powered lights, books, a deck of cards, food in the freezer, water, a camp stove and a coffee pot that can be used on it."

      Leonard McKeever said, "Extra gasoline for the snowblower and for the generator in case the power goes out for a period of time, and we make sure we have plenty of milk, bread, cereal, soup, and toilet paper."

      "We recommend you have a battery-operated radio or a NOAA weather radio so you can listen to the advisories when they come out," Selesky said.

      The National Oceanic Administration (NOAA) recommends an emergency heating source, such as a fireplace, wood stove, space heater, or a generator can also be a lifesaver.

      If you still need help preparing for winter storms, click here.