Overexertion during winter storms increases the risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks.
Blizzards and other winter storms can bring bitter cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and powerful winds.
A winter storm can last a few hours, cut off heat, power and communication services, and put older adults, children, sick individuals and pets at greater risk.
To prepare properly it is good to know winter weather terms:
- Winter Storm Warning - heavy snow, rain or sleet issued 12-24 hours before beginning.
- Winter Storm Watch - possible blizzard, heavy snow/freezing rain & sleet issued 12-48 hours before a Winter Storm.
- Winter Weather Advisory - accumulations of snow, freezing rain/drizzle/sleet creating significant inconveniences.
Pay attention to weather reports in your area to be prepared for any inclement weather coming your way.
Insulation, caulking, and weather stripping will help keep the cold out of your home. Find out how to prevent your pipes from freezing. Install and test battery-operated smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Gather provisions in case you may be stranded at home for several days due to a power outage. Remember to consider each person's individual needs, including medicines. Keep in mind your pets' requirements. Extra batteries for radios and torches should be kept on hand.
In case of an emergency - Be prepared for winter weather at home, at work and in your car. Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water and non-perishable snacks. Keep a full tank of gas.