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 STORM WARNING means hazardous winter weather conditions are threatening your area.
Preparation You Can Make:
- Prepare snow removal equipment before the first storm.
- Have your furnace checked for proper, safe operation.
- Winterize your home, insulate, 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 closing in your area.
- Keep a portable radio and extra batteries on hand.
- Stock extra medicine, first aid supplies, blankets, sleeping bags and firefighting 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, pay phone kits taped to the inside of the first aid kit, booster cables, sand or cat box filler, scraper, paper towels, shovel, one lb. coffee can, flashlight, a brightly colored cloth to use as a flag, flares, bottled water, personal medication, transistor radio, and a rubber hose for siphoning.
If Winter Storms Occur:
- 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, light-weight clothing. Keep dry. Remember to wear hats and mittens.
- Do not travel in a vehicle. If you must travel, never travel alone.
If a Blizzard Traps you on the Road:
- Don’t panic. Stay in the vehicle.
- Avoid over exertion and exposure.
- Keep down-wind window slightly open for fresh air.
- Run engine/heater sparingly. Beware of carbon monoxide build-up.
- Exercise by clapping hands and moving legs, but don’t overdo it.
- Don’t let anyone sleep at the same time.