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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


Winter storms1

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


Winter storms

Ice

  • Sleet

  • Freezing rain

  • Ice storm


Winter flooding

Winter Flooding

  • Coastal floods

  • Ice jams

  • Snowmelt


Winter storms

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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