Most of the United States is at risk for winter storms. Severe storms can cause dangerous or life-threatening conditions. The dangers include blinding wind-driven snow, extreme cold, ice road conditions, avalanches, and downed trees and power lines.
Exposure to cold can cause frostbite or hypothermia and become life-threatening. Infants and elderly people are most susceptible. What constitutes extreme cold varies in different parts of the country. In the South, near freezing temperatures are considered extreme cold. Freezing temperatures can cause severe damage to citrus fruit crops and other vegetation. Pipes may freeze and burst in homes that are poorly insulated or without heat. In the North, extreme cold means temperatures well below zero. It’s important to prepare before the winter storm season.
How Extreme Cold Affects The Body
At Home and Work - Primary concerns are loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day. Have available:Flashlight and extra batteries.
Battery-powered NOAA Weather - Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information. These may be your only links to the outside. Extra food and water. Have high energy food, such as dried fruit, nuts and granola bars, and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration. Extra medicine and baby items.
First-aid supplies - Heating fuel. Refuel before you are empty. Fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a winter storm. Emergency heat source: fireplace, wood stove, space heater.
In Vehicles - Plan your travel and check the latest weather reports to avoid the storm! Fully check and winterize your vehicle before the winter season begins. Carry a WINTER STORM SURVIVAL KIT:
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