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Are you ready for Winter?

First snowfall of the season in Benton Harbor// WSBT 22

Snow is making it's way into the forecast and with it comes freezing temperatures and dangerous road conditions.

This is a good time to make sure your vehicle is winter ready.

Double check you have enough anti-freeze, your tires are properly inflated, and you have jumper cables in your car.

Remember a general winter time rule-- it's not a bad idea to have a blanket or extra winter clothing to keep in your car in case you slide off the road in an isolated area and can't get out quickly.

The colder temperatures this week may also have forced you to turn on your heat for the first time.

But for some families, a warm home isn't as easy as turning a dial.

That's why there are winter energy assistance programs. The programs provide relief to people who may not be able to afford their heating bills.

The REAL Services Energy Assistance Program is federally funded.

If a family's income is at or below 150-percent of poverty guidelines, they qualify. Families are asked to fill out an application before their power is disconnected.

"Don't feel ashamed for that. These are our tax dollars at work. I always tell folks even if you feel like you can make it, if you meet the income guidelines, apply for the assistance. Occasionally I get comments there's probably someone out there who needs it worse than I do but if you're below 150-percent please apply,” said Ingrid Simmons with REAL Services.

If you're interested in applying for the program visit: https://www.realservices.org/_wp/index.php/community-services/energy-assistance/


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