A major winter storm can last for several days and be accompanied with high winds, freezing rain, sleet, heavy snowfall and cold temperatures. Driving and walking can be extremely hazardous during a winter storms. 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 winter storm preparedness kit for your home and car. See below for details.
- Be aware of changing weather. Keep informed via weather radio, weather apps, and television.
DURING A WINTER STORM:
- Stay indoors and dress warmly.
- Eat regularly. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.
- Drink plenty of water. Also, drink warm broth and juices.
- If you must go outside, wear layered clothing, mittens and a hat.
- 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 you’re car gets stuck, stay with it and wait for help unless help is visible within 100 yards.
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 to make sure they are okay.