Winter Storm Preparation and Safety Tips


It is the time of year again when people should be prepared to deal with winter and the storms that it brings.  To assist you in preparing the American Red Cross has outlined some information on winter storms and how you can prepare you and your family.

Winter storms can have devastating effects on your community that can last for days, weeks or even months.  Snow, high winds and ice can cause hazardous conditions and are deceptive killers. 


What are winter storms?

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over several hours to blizzard condition over several days.


 Weather watches and warnings?

To be able to prepare ourselves for any emergency weather conditions we must understand the weather advisory systems.  The two main advisories are:


Preparing for winter storms

It is important to plan ahead for winter and the storms that it brings.  There are several things that you and your family can do to prepare yourself:


Protecting your property from winter storms

Before a storm there are several things you can do to protect your property against damage, including:


What to do when a winter storm is forecast

There are several things you can do to prepare for winter storm, including:


What to do during a winter storm or blizzard warning

During a winter storm or blizzard it is important for you and your family to take certain steps to ensure your safety, these include:


If you must go outside, consider the following:


Winter Driving

Driving is not advised during winter storms.  However if you must go out there are several things you can do to reduce the likelihood of problems and increase your change of survival, including:


In you unfortunately get stuck in your vehicle during a winter storm, the following points may help you survive.


What to do after a winter storm

After a storm has passed you still need to keep vigilant and take certain precautions, including: