Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms, including blizzards, can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. A winter storm can last a few hours or several days; cut off heat, power, and communication services; and put older adults, children, sick individuals, and pets at greater risk.
Below are suggestions from Ready.gov to protect yourself from winter weather.
- If you are under a winter storm warning, find shelter right away.
- Know what to do before, during, and after a winter storm.
- Listen to local officials.
- Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
- Stay off the road during and after a winter storm.
- Have a carbon monoxide alarm in place, especially if using alternative heating devices.
- Use safe heating devices.