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Wind chill temperatures could be sub-zero over the course of the first part of the week.  That means there could be a lot of issues for residents around the area.

The Centers for Disease Control provides a number of resources to make sure the people are safe when the temperatures fall to life-threatening levels.  One of the things they recommend is a problem West Virginians will be very familiar with, power outages.  Between the derecho on June 29 to Hurricane Sandy and even the most recent snow storm that left thousands without power in the southeastern counties of West Virginia and much of southwestern Virginia.

The CDC says that before the power goes it is important to stock up.  Specifically on food that needs no cooking or refrigeration.  They say it is also important to store water in clean containers.  This was a big problem during the derecho when many communities were without both water and power because there were no back up generators at the water processing plants in several counties. 

Another recommendation from the CDC is to have an up-to-date emergency kit.  That would include battery-operated devices like a flashlight, a weather radio and lamps.  Of course, if you are going to use those devices, you will need a stock of batteries.  Make sure you have the appropriate size batteries for each device. 

Have a first aid kit on hand, and remember that if you do not of power the local pharmacy is probably in the dark as well.  Make sure you have a supply of your prescription medications to get you through the disaster. 

If you have a new born, it is especially important to keep a supply of all those baby items available.  Everything from diapers to baby-food. 

Finally, in the winter months keep a supply of cat litter or sand available to keep those ice sidewalks clear.  That will keep yourself and people who come over from slipping and taking a trip to the emergency room.

For more information head to the CDC website for a look around.