Winter Storm Safety
A major winter storm can last for several days. It can have high winds, freezing rain, sleet, heavy snow, and extremely cold temperatures. These storms can make roads slick and sometimes unpassable. Even walking can become extremely hazardous. It is important to listen to the radio and television for the latest information and instructions for your geographic area.
Before a Winter Storm:
- Have a disaster plan.
- Prepare a disaster supplies kit for your vehicle. The kit should contain a first aid kit, canned food and a can opener, bottled water, a battery-operated radio, flashlight, protective/warm clothing and blankets, cell phone charger, shovel, booster cables, reflectors, and extra batteries.
- Stay up to date with changing weather patterns.
During a Winter Storm:
- Stay indoors and dress warmly.
- Eat regularly. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.
- Drink water, juice, and warm broth.
- If you must go outside, wear layered clothing, gloves, and a hat.
- Be aware of the signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
- Stay dry. Change wet clothing to prevent the loss of body heat.
- If you must drive, always carry a fully charged cell phone.
- Have a full tank of gas.
- Be sure to let someone know where you are going, just in case your vehicle gets stuck.
- If your vehicle gets stuck, stay with it, and wait for help unless help is visible and easy to reach.
After a Winter Storm:
- Avoid driving until conditions have improved.
- Avoid overexertion. Heart attacks from shoveling snow are the leading cause of death during the winter.
- Check on neighbors to make sure they are safe.
Following these simple steps is just one of many ways to make sure that you and your family remain safe during winter storms. Be sure to check back here at the HIG Learning Center for the more useful information!