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Get Ready for Winter Emergencies

The dangers of winter weather are often overlooked. From extreme cold to ice storms to blizzards, winter weather can knock out heat, power, communications and transportation networks, and can immobilize entire regions.




During winter weather

  • Listen to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio or TV for updated information.

  • Stay indoors. If you must go outside, dress appropriately, and walk carefully on snow and ice.

  • Drive only if necessary. If you must drive, travel during the day, do not travel alone, let someone know your destination, avoid backroads, and have a disaster supply kit in your car.

  • Keep all fuel-burning equipment vented to the outside to avoid trapping toxic fumes.

  • Keep your home cooler than usual, and close off rooms not being used in order to conserve fuel.

  • To prevent your pipes from freezing, allow faucets to drip a little. If pipes do freeze, remove any insulation and wrap in rags. Open all faucets and pour hot water over pipes.

  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air to circulate around plumbing.

  • Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by staying dry and wearing several layers of warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing.

  • If stranded in a vehicle: Pull off the road, turn on hazard lights, and remain in the vehicle. Run the engine for only 10 minutes every hour for heat. When the engine is running, open a window slightly for ventilation.

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