From the Upstate New York Synod’s Lutheran Disaster Response Team 


As we approach the winter season (Yes, it is not that far away), there are a few things that the Lutheran Disaster Response Team would like to remind you about. 

Winter Storm and Extreme Cold safety

o   If possible, stay off the roads during and immediately after a winter storm

o   Extreme cold can be deadly.  Stay inside and don’t forget to protect your pets when they go outside.

o   Wear warm clothes in layers.

o   Use heating devices, such as space heaters, safely.

o   Ensure that you have a working carbon monoxide and smoke detector

Holiday safety

o   Prepare for unpredictable weather prior to taking a trip.  Have an emergency kit in the car when traveling.

o   Water the Christmas tree and turn off the holiday lights overnight and when away to reduce the risk of a fire.  The use of extension cords for holiday lights is not recommended.  Never run cords under carpets.

o   Keep candles away from flammable items, such as live trees and other greenery.

Cyber Safety

o   If you do online holiday shopping at home, make sure that your wireless network if protected.

o   Be cautious using unfamiliar online services.  Scammers may send fake emails that are too good to be true.

o   Shop online through trusted retailers to avoid getting scammed.

o   If a password is required for an online shopping site, make sure that it is a “strong” password.



-          National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 2-8. 

-          People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, and people aged 65 years and older.

-          For people at high risk, getting the flu can be more serious than for other people. Flu is more likely to lead to hospitalization or death for people at high risk.

-          Anyone who gets flu can pass it to someone at high risk of severe illness, including infants younger than 6 months who are too young to get the vaccine.

Katherine Neugent