Winter Storm Safety Tips

Posted by: Anna | 01/26/2018 at 11:15 AM

Winter Storm Safety Tips

Winter storms combine snow, ice and dangerously low temperatures for a period of time lasting from hours to several days. While northern states are more vulnerable, severe storms can hit anywhere. Planning ahead can help you and your family weather the worst that Mother Nature has to offer.

Planning is critical. Here are some steps you can take to be ready in case of harsh weather:

  • Have a family communications plan. Know where your people will be in a case a storm hits, in case you and loved ones become separated.
  • Prepare a three-day emergency kit and make sure you have extra blankets or sleeping bags available, as well as plenty of water bottles.
  • Invest in a carbon monoxide detector and a fire extinguisher.
  • Make sure all fireplaces and chimneys are in good working order.
  • Have a portable radio with batteries for weather updates and other emergency information.
  • Have sand, salt or other material for walkways.

Stay indoors if you can. If you must go outside, observe the following rules:

  • Drive only if necessary, and only during the day. Inform others of your schedule and route, and stay main thoroughfares.
  • Walk carefully on icy sidewalks.
  • Change out of wet clothing as soon as possible.
  • Avoid overexerting yourself if shoveling snow.
  • Wear several layers of clothing, mittens, a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf.
  • If you lose power, visit for a list of emergency contact numbers.

The worst of the storm may be over, but the danger isn’t. Here’s what to do after the storm:

  • Again, stay indoors as much as possible. There is still a risk of icy conditions after the storm passes through.
  • If the situation is dire, and your home loses power or heat for more than a few hours or you don’t have adequate supplies to stay overnight, text SHELTER and you ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area.
  • Bring any personal items like medicine and toiletries to the shelter. Use caution when traveling and dress warmly.

Hopefully, you won’t need to put any of this information to use. But it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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