Winter Storm

The first line of protection is to keep informed of weather conditions in the surrounding area through area weather bulletins.

What to Do During a Snowstorm

  • Check battery-powered equipment, heating fuel, food stock, and other supplies.
  • Layers of protective clothing are more effective and efficient than a single layer or thick clothing.
  • Mittens are warmer than gloves.
  • Cover your mouth to protect lungs from extremely cold air.
  • Keep your car "winterized". Maintain a full tank of gasoline to keep moisture out of the tank.
  • Carry a winter kit containing equipment to help keep you warm, visible, and alive if you are trapped in a winter storm.
  • If a blizzard traps you in a car, avoid overexertion and exposure, turn on the dome light at night and don't panic.

What Not to Do During a Snowstorm

  • Don't overexert yourself shoveling snow. It is extremely hard work and can bring on heart attack, a major cause of death during and after winter storms.
  • Don't take unnecessary trips.


  • Winter Storm Watch - means severe winter weather conditions may affect your area.
  • Winter Storm Warning - means that winter storm weather conditions are imminent.

Snow Emergencies

Learn more about snow emergencies.