What to Do During a Winter Storm or a Blizzard Warning

• Stay indoors and dress warmly during the storm, Wearing layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than one bulky sweater. Remove layers to avoid overheating perspiration and subsequent chill.

• Listen to a battery-power radio or television for updated emergency information, if the power goes out, you will still have access to important information.

• Eat regularly. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.

• Keep the body replenish with fluids to prevent dehydration. Drink liquids such as warm broth or juices. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine, a stimulant of hypothermia. Alcohol, such as brandy, is a depressant and hastens the effects on the body. Alcohol also slows circulation and can make you less aware of the effects of cold. Both caffeine and alcohol can cause dehydration.

• Conserve fuel. Winter storms last several days. Great demand may be placed on electric, gas, and other fuel distribution systems (fuel oil, propane, etc.) Suppliers of propane and fuel oil may not be able to replenish depleted supplies during severe weather. Electric and gas services may be temporarily disrupted when many people demand large amounts of the same time, Lower the thermostat to 65° F at night. Close off unused rooms, and stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors. Cover windows at night.

What to Do After a Winter Storm

•Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for update information and instructions. Access may be limited to some parts of the community, or roads may be blocked.

• Help a neighbor who may require special assistance infants, elderly people with disabilities. Elderly people and people with disabilities may require additional assistance. People who care for them or who have large families may need additions assistance in emergency situations.

• Avoid driving and other travel until conditions have improved. Roads may be blocked by snow or emergency vehicles.

• Avoid over exertion. Heart attacks from shoveling heavy snow are a leading cause of deaths¬† during winter

• Follow forecasts and be prepared when venturing. Major winter storms are often followed by even colder conditions.




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