Winter Weather Preparedness

Why Talk About Winter Weather?

Each year, dozens of Americans die due to exposure to cold. Add to that number, vehicle accidents and fatalities, fires due to dangerous use of heaters and other winter weather fatalities and you have a significant threat. A major winter storm can last for several days and be accompanied by high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall and cold temperatures.

People can become trapped at home or in a car, without utilities or other assistance. Attempting to walk for help in a winter storm can be a deadly decision. Threats such as hypothermia and frostbite, can lead to loss of fingers and toes or cause permanent kidney, pancreas and liver injury and even death. You must prepare properly to avoid these extreme dangers. You also need to know what to do if you see symptoms of these threats.

The aftermath of a winter storm can have an impact on a community or region for days, weeks or even months.

Dress for the Season

  • Wear loose, lightweight, warm clothes in layers.
  • Remove layers to avoid perspiration and subsequent chill.
  • Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent and hooded.
  • Wear a hat. Half your body heat can be lost from the head.
  • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
  • Mittens snug at the wrist are better than gloves.
  • Try to stay dry.


Winter Weather Home Preparedness (PDF)

Winter Weather Travel Preparedness (PDF)

Winter Weather Travel Quick Tips (PDF)

Winter Weather Home Quick Tips (PDF)