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Man on the Street: Fairbanks Winter Preparedness

Published: Oct. 12, 2020 at 4:43 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -Temperatures are dropping and the leaves have mostly fallen as the Interior Alaskan winter approaches. We took to the streets to find out what some Fairbanks residents are doing to prepare for the changes.

“I just put some stuff in my truck. Extra warm clothing in case it breaks down. Emergency survival kit. I like to do a lot of hikes and hunts and I go out on my own a lot, and when its negative 30, negative 40, if you break down somewhere with no cell service that’s a life threatening emergency so... good to have that stuff on hand I’ve been told,” said Zack Donahue, a 1st year Alaska resident.

“If it’s your first winter here make sure you have plenty of jackets, and thick socks, and big gloves. Get studded tires. You gotta winterize with battery heaters and oil pan heaters and whatnot. Top off the heating oil. Make sure we have plenty of firewood for the stove," said Samuel Herring, a 27 year Alaska resident.

“Winterize your car with good winter tires. Blizzaks or studded,” said Donnie Felix

“I just put plastic on the windows of my wife’s house. I just shrunk wrapped a bunch of our summer clothes and brought them to the basement... brought up winter clothes,” said Steve Hunt.

“It does get pretty cold, so definitely I’m not excited for negative 40, negative 50. But we’ll see how it goes man. You know, I mean every place has its ups and downs,” said Donahue.

With temperatures holding around 30 degrees for the rest of the week, Fairbanks residents still have time to prepare for the upcoming cold.

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