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Winter Storms. Modified by the Office of Preparedness with special thanks to FEMA, CERT, and Citizen Corps. Winter Storms. Range Moderate snow over a few hours Blizzard conditions with blinding wind-driven snow that lasts for several days Many winter storms are accompanied by:

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winter storms

Winter Storms

Modified by the Office of Preparedness

with special thanks to FEMA, CERT, and Citizen Corps

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Winter Storms
  • Range
    • Moderate snow over a few hours
    • Blizzard conditions with blinding wind-driven snow that lasts for several days
  • Many winter storms are accompanied by:
    • Low temperatures
    • Heavy or blowing snow, severely reducing visibility
winter storm risks
Winter Storm Risks
  • Automobile or other transportation accidents
  • Exhaustion and heart attacks
  • Hypothermia and frostbite
  • House fires
  • Asphyxiation
elements of winter storms
Elements of Winter Storms
  • Heavy snow
  • Ice – Perhaps the greatest danger of all!
  • Winter flooding
  • Cold
types of snow
Types of Snow
  • Blizzards
  • Blowing snow
  • Snow squalls
  • Snow showers
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Ice
  • Sleet
  • Freezing rain
  • Ice storm
winter flooding
Winter Flooding
  • Coastal floods
  • Ice jams
  • Snowmelt
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Cold
  • Windchill
  • Frostbite
  • Hypothermia
winter storm preparedness
Winter Storm Preparedness
  • Understand the risk
  • Prepare your home
  • Service snow removal equipment
  • Keep vehicle’s gas tank full
  • Pay attention to warnings
during a winter storm
During a Winter Storm
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly
  • Eat and drink regularly
  • Conserve fuel
  • If outside, protect yourself from hazards
winter travel
Winter Travel
  • Avoid it, if possible!
  • If you MUST travel in winter weather:
    • Winterize your vehicle
    • Keep charged cell phone or two-way radio with you at all times
    • Carry disaster supply kit in your vehicle
    • If stranded, stay inside your vehicle
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