WINTER STORM SAFETY
A major winter storm can last for several days and be accompanied with high winds, freezing rain, sleet, heavy snowfall, and cold temperatures. Winter storms can make driving and walking extremely hazardous. Always listen to the radio and television for the latest information and instructions for your area.
BEFORE A WINTER STORM:
- Have a disaster plan.
- Prepare a disaster supply kit for your home and car. Include a first aid kit, canned food and a can opener, bottled water, battery-operated radio, flashlight, protective clothing, and blankets.
- Be aware of changing weather.
- Move your cars off the roadway.
DURING A WINTER STORM:
- Stay indoors and dress warmly.
- 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.
- Keep the gas tank full.
- Let someone know where you're going, just in case your car gets stuck.
- If your car gets stuck, stay with it and wait for help unless help is visible.
AFTER A WINTER STORM:
- Avoid driving until conditions have improved.
- Avoid overexertion. Heart attacks from shoveling snow are the leading cause of deaths during the winter.
- Check on neighbors and those needing extra care to make sure they're okay.