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Extreme Temperatures (Winter)

Cold snaps and heat waves are as challenging and deadly as any other natural disaster. Preparation during per-season is essential.

Preparing for a Winter Storm
  • Stock up on food, water, medicines and heating fuel.

  • Secure back-up heat sources, such as kerosene heaters. Never use charcoal, gas or propane heater indoors.

  • Buy bags of rock salt and sand for use on icy walkways.

  • Weather-strip windows and doors to help deal out the cold.

  • During and after a Winter Storm
  • Conserve heating fuel by shutting off unused rooms.
  • Wear several layers of clothing and a hat outdoors. cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
  • Don't overexert yourself while shoveling snow.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite: Loss of feeling along with paleness on tip of nose, fingers, toes and ear lobes.
  • Beware of hypothermia, signs include uncontrollable shivering, slurred speech, drowsiness, memory loss and disorientation.
  • Avoid driving at night or alone. Notify others of your schedule and route.

  • If Your Vehicle is Stranded in a Blizzard
  • Pull off the road and turn on your hazard lights.
  • Don't start walking unless you can see a building where you can take shelter.
  • If no buildings are in sight, stay in your vehicle, where rescuers are more likely to find you.
  • Wrap yourself in blankets, or use seat covers, floor mats and maps.
  • Run the engine for 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. Open a window slightly for ventilation.
  • Balance use of the heater and lights to conserve the battery.
  • If stuck in remote location, spell out "HELP" or "SOS" with rocks or branches.

  • Winterize Your Vehicle
  • Check the wipers, battery, heater, defroster, ignition system, lights, oil and tire pressure.
  • Consider purchasing snow tires or chains.
  • Pack a winter emergency kit with a window scraper, blankets, battery-powered radio, flashlight, water, snack food, tow chain or rope, shovel and flares.

  • Winter Weather Terms To Know
    Freezing Rain
  • Rain that freezes on contact with roads, trees, sidewalks, etc.
  • Sleet
  • Rain that freezes before hitting the ground.
  • Winter Storm Watch
  • A winter storm is possible in the area.
  • Blizzard Warning
  • Winds or gust 35 mph or greater, along with snow, are expected to last 3 hours or more.
  • Winter Storm Warning
  • A winter storm is occurring or will begin soon.
  • Frost/Freeze Warning
  • Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing.
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