Severe Winter Weather


Winter storms are known as deceptive killers because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm, such as vehicle accidents caused by winter road conditions, improper use of heaters, and exposure / hypothermia. Severe winter weather includes freezing temperatures, freezing rain, ice, heavy snow, and blizzards. Accumulation of ice or snow can knock down trees, power lines, and structures causing power outages, utility disruptions, and communication interruptions.

What to do during a winter storm:

  • Monitor local weather broadcasts and weather conditions.
  • Stay indoors and minimize travel. If you must travel, drive slowly, and increase distance required for stopping.
  • Watch for downed trees and power lines.
  • Keep a full tank to prevent ice in the tank and fuel lines.
  • Never use a portable generator or operate unvented fuel-burning appliances in an enclosed space.