Freezing Rain: Rain that freezes when it hits the ground. It leaves ice on the roadways.
Sleet: Rain that turns to ice pellets before it hits the ground.
Winter Storm Watch: A winter storm is possible in your area.
Winter Storm Warning: A winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area.
Blizzard Warning: Considerable amounts of falling or blowing snow, with winds up to 35 miles per hour cause low visibility.
- Winterize your car:
- Refill antifreeze
- Check and repair windshield wiper equipment
- Check lights and hazard lights
- Check tires for wear, consider snow tires
- Keep fuel tank at least half full
- Gather and have supplies easily accessible to keep warm in case of power outage, including blankets, hand warmers and warm clothing.
- Have a heat alternative and fuel supply in case of power outage.
Winter Storm-Specific Items to Add to Preparedness Kit
- Warm clothing (e.g., hats, mittens, scarves, wool socks, etc.)
- Ice Scraper/Shovel for your car
- Salt or sand to melt ice
- Severe winter storms are usually preceded by strong winds and snow.
- Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow; this could cause heart attack or other health complications.
- Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. See Extreme Cold
- Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid toxic fumes. Keep away from flammable objects.
- Drive only if it is necessary:
- Travel during the day.
- Update a family member or friend of destination and travel timeframe.
- Stay on main roads.
- Remember to take it slow on ice and snow.
- Avoid walking under heavily iced tree branches or buildings.
- Check and restock emergency supply kit.
More Information/Additional Resources:
FEMA Winter Weather: http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather
FEMA Accessible: Lifesaving Safety Tips PSA (ASL Video)