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Winter Storm

Prepare a Winter Storm Family Disaster Plan. Have extra blankets on hand. Ensure that every member of your household has a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat and water- resistant boots.

Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit.

Have your car winterized before winter storm season.

Stay tuned to your local radio and TV stations for storm warnings.

Know what winter storm WATCHES and WARNINGS mean:
A WATCH means a storm is possible in your area. 
A WARNING means a 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!

When a WATCH is issued: listen for updates and avoid unnecessary travel.
When a WARNING is issued: Stay indoors during the storm. If you must go outside, several layers of lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat. Gloves and a hat will prevent loss of body heat. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs. Understand the hazards of wind chill. Walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks. After the storm, if you shovel snow, be extremely careful. It is physically strenuous work, so take frequent breaks and avoid overexertion.
Avoid traveling by car in a storm. If you must, carry a Disaster Supplies Kit, keep your car's gas tank full and let someone know your destination, route and expected arrival time.

If you get stuck... 

    • Stay with your car. Do not try to walk to safety.
    • Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) 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, move 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.