The White Tiger Martial Arts school in Hesperia has begun promoting winter safety with a checklist of tasks and chores for students to perform with their families and neighbors.


The following tips may help in preparing for and dealing with potentially dangerous weather.


What should I do to prepare?


Dress in several layers of lightweight clothing, wear mittens and a hat (preferably one that cover your ears).


Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.


Keep a keen eye on weather reports.


Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank of gas will keep the fuel from freezing in the line.


Running water, even a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.


Renew or repair your heating equipment and chimney by having them cleaned every year.


What supplies do I need?


Water at least a three-day supply or one gallon per person a day;


At least a three-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food;


Flashlights;


Battery-powered radio;


Extra pack of batteries;


First aid kit;


Multipurpose tools;


Sanitation and personal hygiene supplies;


Cell phones and chargers;


Family and emergency contact list;


Rock salt or sand to make a path on slippery and icy areas; and


Alternate heating methods fire places, space heater, coal or wood burning stove.


What do I do after a storm?


Go to a public shelter if your home loses power or heat during a period of intense cold.


Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain, dense fog or snow.


Protect yourself from frostbite or hypothermia. Wear warm lightweight layers of clothing and avoid being out in the cold for a long period o f time.


Help those who require assistance elderly people, children and people with disabilities.


For animals, make sure their food and water exit is not blocked and they have a warm place to stay.


Check your local weather channel to see progress of the storm. Though it may seem to be over, it can be coming for round two right around the corner.


White Tiger Martial Arts is a member of the National Association of Professional Martial Artists. They are located at 8104 I Ave. in Hesperia. For more information, call (760) 947-0069.