Severe Winter Weather

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  • Make sure that each member of your family has a warm coat, gloves, hat, and water-resistant boots.
  • Have extra blankets on hand.
  • Make it a practice to check road conditions.

Prepare a Winter Weather Kit

You´re kit should include the following...

  • First aid kit
  • Medications
  • Weather radio, flashlights, and extra batteries.
  • Bottled water
  • Extra warm clothing
  • Canned food and can opener.

Don't forget to put a second Winter Weather Kit in your car.

Know what Winter Storm WATCHES and WARNINGS mean

  • A winter storm WATCH means a winter storm is possible in your area.
  • A winter storm WARNING means a winter storm is headed for your area.
  • A blizzard WARNING means strong winds, blinding wind-driven snow, and dangerous wind chill are expected. Seek shelter immediately!

If a Winter Storm WARNING is issued

  • Stay indoors during the storm.
  • If you must go outside, wear several layers of lightweight clothing, this will keep you warmer than a single heavy winter coat. Wearing Gloves and a hat will prevent loss of body heat. Be sure to cover your mouth to protect your lungs.
  • Understand the hazards of wind chill on exposed skin.
  • Walk carefully on snow covered and icey sidewalks.
  • Avoid traveling by car in a storm.

If a Winter Storm WATCH is issued

  • Listen to Weather Radio, local radio, and TV stations for updates.
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions.
  • Don't travel Unless absolutely neccesary.

If you get stuck in a winter storm you should...

  • Stay with your car. Do not try to walk for help.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna for rescuers to see.
  • Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won't back up in the car.
  • Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running so that you can be seen.
  • As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to keep blood circulating and to stay warm.
  • Keep one window away from the blowing wind slightly open to let in air.

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