- Make sure that each member of your family has a warm coat, gloves, hat, and water-resistant boots.
- Have extra blankets on hand.
Prepare a Winter Weather Kit
You´re kit should include the following...
- First aid kit
- 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.