Winter Storm “Watch”
A notice from the weather bureau that conditions are right for heavy snow, blizzards, freezing rain, ice and or sleet.
Winter Storm “Warning”
Severe winter weather is currently occurring.It could be on the way, or it might already be where you are.
What to do during a Severe Snow Storm.
In the Home.
Plan for winter weather by having emergency supplies on hand.
Battery operated radio.
Fully charged spare batteries
Food stuffs that can be served without cooking.
Drinking and washing water.
Flashlights & candles and matches.
Heating devices and fuel.
Stay inside unless it is very important to go out. Think of other options for accomplishing what needs to be done, such as putting off outside tasks until later, using the telephone and internet, or doing inside tasks that need to be done.
Before you go out, measure the risk of delay, injury, or death against what can be accomplished by going out.
If the weather is so severe that you need a tether around you to prevent you from being blown away, it too dangerous to go out.
Wear appropriate clothing.
Mittens - they are warmer then gloves.Mittens made of Gortex™ are even warmer as they repel moisture.
Wear several layers of clothing.They are warmer then single layers.Layers should include a cotton undergarment, a wool layer and a windbreak material.
A hood which covers most of your face.
Warm socks with boots having adequate traction to keep you from slipping.
Be aware of the severity of the storm and stay within easy access of adequate shelter.
In a Car
Maintain your car with the anticipation of winter weather.
Make sure tires have adequate tread.
Keep the gas tank at least half full.
Have the exhaust system checked for leaks.
Have appropriate emergency supplies in your car when you go out in a snow storm.
Cellular phone (fully charged) or citizen band (CB) radio.
Matches, candles, flashlights
Healthy snack foods which provide energy, such as, raisins, peanuts, and chocolate candy.
First aid kit
Pail or 50 lb bag of sand and shovel
Heavy duty jumper cables.
A bright cloth (distress flag) to put on your antenna or on a pole.
A pole for your distress flag
Before driving in a snow storm, let people at your current location and at the location you are headed for know what route you are taking and when you plan to arrive.
If your vehicle gets stuck in a severe snow storm do the following:
Tie a bright cloth high on the antenna or pole for rescuers to see.
Exercise your arms and legs to keep warm and your mind to stay alert.
Stay in your car
Let your engine run only for about 10 minutes every 30 minutes to keep you warm. While the engine is running, have your window open three to six inches.
Make sure that your exhaust pipe is free of snow so carbon monoxide does not build up in your car.
Be aware of how much gasoline your car has and how much food you have so you can ration your resources.