Are You Prepared? Follow These Important Guidelines For Winter Storm Survival

Be sure to have extra blankets on hand.

All family members should have gloves, warm coats, hats and water resistant boots.

Check your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers to make sure they are working properly.

Assemble a Family Emergency Kit for Your Home Containing the Following:

Portable radio (NOAA Weather Radio)

Flashlight and batteries

Bottled water for everyone in the family

Long-term storage food

First Aid Kits

A Snow Storm or Ice Storm is possible in your area.

If a Winter Storm Watch is issued, stay tuned to the weather station for updates on changing weather.

What Does a Winter Storm Warning Mean?

A Snow Storm or Ice Storm is headed for your area.

Stay tuned to the weather station and take the necessary precautions.

Stay indoors.

If you need to go outdoors, wear plenty of layered clothing under your heavy coat.

Wear gloves and a hat.

To protect your lungs, cover your mouth.

Be aware of wind chill, which could cause hypothermia.

Be careful walking on snowy, icy sidewalks.

Be cautious if you need to shovel snow, takes breaks and don’t over do it.

What Does a Blizzard Warning Mean?

Strong winds, dangerous wind chill, blinding wind-driven snow are expected.

Stay tuned to the weather station for updates on changing weather.

For your safety, stay indoors

Traveling by Car in a Storm Should be Avoided, But if You Need To:

Assemble a car emergency kit for your trunk.

Make sure you winterize your car before the winter storm season.

For emergency use, keep your car’s gas tank full.

Make sure that someone knows your destination, your route and when you are to be expected to your destination.

Unless there is a house or business nearby, stay with your car. It is not recommended to try and walk to safety.

Put a brightly colored cloth on your antenna as a signal for help.

Start your car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour.

Make sure that snow hasn’t accumulated and might be blocking your exhaust pipe.

When running your engine, leave the overhead light on so that you can be seen by rescuers.

Exercise your arms and legs every few minutes to keep your blood circulating which will help to keep you warm.

Open one window slightly to let air in, the window away from the blowing wind.

Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.

Be careful not to waste your car’s battery power.

If you are in a remote area, try to spell out letters of SOS with rocks or tree limbs to attract attention.

If absolutely necessary, once the storm passes, leave the car and proceed on foot.