A Severe Storm is defined as one that produces six inches or more of snow in 48 hours or less, or damaging ice over 5,000 square miles.
A Winter Storm Watch means hazardous winter weather conditions may affect your area.
A Winter StormWarning means hazardous winter weather conditions are threatening your area.
PREPARATIONS YOU CAN MAKE:
- Prepare snow removal equipment before the storm.
- Have your furnace checked for proper, safe operation.
- Winterize your home, insulate, and store emergency heating equipment.
- Winterize your car with snow tires, anti-freeze and winter weight oil, check your battery and ignition systems, exhaust, heater, defroster, wiper blades, and lights.
- Know which radio stations broadcast school closings in your area.
- Stock extra medicine, first aid supplies, blankets, sleeping bags, and fire fighting equipment.
- Prepare your car in case you get stuck in deep snow. Store blankets, matches, candles, high energy foods (peanuts, raisins, hard candy), first aid kit with pay phone coins taped to the inside, booster cables, sand or cat box filler, scraper, paper towels, shovel, one lb. empty coffee can, and flashlight. Also, keep a brightly colored cloth to use as a flag, flares, bottled water, personal medication, transistor radio, and a rubber hose for siphoning.
IF A WINTER STORM OCCURS:
- Stay inside. Dress properly in layers of clothing.
- Eat well balanced, nutritional meals.
- If you must go outside, avoid over-exertion, dress warmly in loose fitting, lightweight clothing. Keep dry and remember to wear hats and mittens.
- Do not travel in a vehicle. If you must travel, never travel alone.
- If you use an alternate heat source, remember to follow the manufacturer recommendations for safety and ventilation.
IF A BLIZZARD TRAPS YOU ON THE ROAD:
- Don't panic. Stay in the vehicle and avoid over-exertion and exposure.
- Keep a down-wind window slightly open for fresh air.
- Run the engine/heater sparingly. Beware of carbon monoxide build-up.
- Exercise by clapping hands and moving legs, but don't overdo it.
- Don't let everyone sleep at the same time.