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A major winter storm can last for several days and be accompanied with high winds, freezing rain, sleet, heavy snowfall and cold temperatures. Driving and walking can be extremely hazardous during a winter storms. Always listen to the radio and television for the latest information and instructions for your area.


  • Have a disaster plan.
  • Prepare a winter storm preparedness kit for your home and car. See below for details.
  • Be aware of changing weather. Keep informed via weather radio, weather apps, and television.


  • Stay indoors and dress warmly.
  • Eat regularly. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.
  • Drink plenty of water. Also, drink warm broth and juices.
  • If you must go outside, wear layered clothing, mittens and a hat.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing to prevent the loss of body heat.
  • If you must drive, carry a cell phone.
  • Keep the gas tank full.
  • Let someone know where you’re going, just in case your car gets stuck.
  • If you’re car gets stuck, stay with it and wait for help unless help is visible within 100 yards.


  • Avoid driving until conditions have improved.
  • Avoid overexertion. Heart attacks from shoveling snow are the leading cause of deaths during the winter.
  • Check on neighbors to make sure they are okay.

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