Winter Storm Awareness

While the danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans, regardless of where they live, are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives. Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

One of the primary concerns is the winter weather’s ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region.

Winter Storms Home Preparedness Checklist

To prepare for a winter storm you should do the following:

Before a winter storm approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:

  • Rock salt
  • Canned food and a can opener
  • Bottled Water
  • Sand to improve traction
  • Battery-Operated Radio
  • Flashlight
  • Snow shovels
  • Heating Fuel
  • Protective clothing and blankets

During A Winter Storm

  • Stay indoors and dress warmly
  • Drink water
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing to prevent the loss of body heat
  • If you must drive, carry a cell phone
  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route
  • Keep the gas tank full

After A Winter Storm

  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow; overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter
  • Avoid driving until conditions have improved
  • Check on neighbors to make sure they are okay




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