Winter Storms

Nearly every American is likely to face some type of severe winter weather during their lives, regardless of where they live. It could be snow, ice, subfreezing temperatures, strong winds or heavy rain storms. Severe winter weather has the ability to knock out power, communications and heat for extended periods of time. The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as the “Deceptive Killers” because most deaths are in some way related to the storm. That is, people die in traffic accidents on icy roads and of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold.

It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.

  • Assemble a family preparedness kit and create your emergency plan that designates a place for your family to meet both in and outside your immediate neighborhood should your family become separated.
  • Fill your gas tank and extra gas cans with fuel prior to a winter storm in the event there is a power outage.
  • Create and maintain an emergency supply kit for your vehicle that includes food, water, snacks, and blankets should you become stranded while traveling.
  • If you use alternative heat sources in your home (e.g., wood burning fire place), ensure fire extinguishers are properly charged and easily accessible.
  • When using kerosene heaters, provide proper ventilation to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Always refuel heaters outdoors.
  • Know how to shut off water to your house in the event a pipe bursts.
  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio, or local radio and TV broadcasts for storm updates.

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