Are You Ready for a Winter Storm?
Here's what you can do to prepare for such an emergency.
- Prepare a winter storm plan
- Have extra blankets on hand
- Ensure that each member of your household has a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat and water-resistant boots
- Assemble a disaster supplies kit containing:
- First aid kit and essential medication
- Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio, flashlight, and extra batteries
- Canned food and non-electric can opener
- Bottled water
- Have your car winterized before winter storm season
- Assemble a disaster supplies kit for your car
- Stay tuned for storm warnings on NOAA Weather Radio or your local radio and TV stations
Winter Storm Watch
A winter storm watch means a winter storm is possible in your area. When a winter storm watch is issued:
- Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, local radio and TV stations.
- Be alert to changing weather conditions.
- Avoid unnecessary travel.
Winter Storm Warning
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 chills are expected. Seek shelter immediately. When a winter storm warning is issued:
- Stay indoors during the storm.
- If you must go outside, several layers of lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat. Gloves and a hat will prevent loss of body heat. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs.
- Understand the hazards of wind chill, which combines the cooling effect of wind and cold temperatures on exposed skin. As the wind increases, heat is carried away from a person's body at an accelerated rate driving down the body temperature.
- Walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks.
- After the storm, be extremely careful if you shovel snow. It is physically strenuous work, so take frequent breaks. Avoid overexertion.