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Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

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Cold Weather Safety Experts at FEMA, DHS and Ready.gov have offered the following winter weather safety tips:

Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion.

Blizzards and winter storms can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds.

A winter storm can:

  • Last a few hours or several days;
  • Knock out heat, power, and communication services; and
  • Place older adults, young children, and sick individuals at greater risk.

IF YOU ARE UNDER A WINTER STORM WARNING, FIND SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • Stay off roads.
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly.
  • Prepare for power outages.
  • Use generators outside only and away from windows.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Check on neighbors.

No matter where you live, it is always a good idea to keep a Winter Storm Safety Kit in every vehicle!

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