What to do in case of Snowstorms & Extreme Cold?
Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms and blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. A winter storm can:
Last a few hours or several days;
Knock out heat, power, and communication services; and
Place older adults, young children, and sick individuals at greater risk.
IF YOU ARE UNDER A WINTER STORM WARNING, FIND SHELTER RIGHT AWAY
Stay off roads.
Stay indoors and dress warmly.
Prepare for power outages.
Use generators outside only and away from windows.
Listen for emergency information and alerts.
Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
Check on neighbors.
Prepare NOW Snowstorms & Extreme Cold
Know your area’s risk for winter storms. Extreme winter weather can leave communities without utilities or other services for long periods of time.
Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Download DORRIS Mobile App to your phone.
Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep the gas tank full.
Learn the signs of, and basic treatments for, frostbite and hypothermia.
Survive DURING Snowstorms & Extreme Cold
Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, then stay inside.
Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
Reduce the risk of a heart attack. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia and begin treatment right away.
Check on neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.
RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND to Snowstorms & Extreme Cold
Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers, and toes.
Hypothermia is an unusually low body temperature. A temperature below 35 degrees is an emergency.
- Signs: Numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, firm or waxy skin
- Actions: Go to a warm room. Soak in warm water. Use body heat to warm. Do not massage or use a heating pad.
- Signs: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, or drowsiness
- Actions: Go to a warm room. Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head, and groin. Keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck.
What you should do to prepare for Snowstorms & Extreme Cold:
Ensure you have DORRIS Mobile App on your phone
Prepare enough food and water for at least three days
Prepare warm clothe to change
Prepare portable radio and spare batteries
Working flashlight with extra batteries
Cell phone with charger
Charge your phone
Keep the car gas tank full.
Heating fuel (or turn up the heat prior to the storm if your house uses electrical heat)
Emergency heating source
Consider each person’s specific needs, including medication.
Non-electric can opener or a utility knife
Passports, social security cards, immunization records, family records (birth, marriage, death certificates), important telephone numbers
Local maps - paper version (Print one here!!!)
Make Emergency Plan
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings? (DORRIS Mobile App give you emergency alert as standard service)
- What is my evacuation route? (DORRIS Mobile App recommend you evacuation routes as standard service)
- What is my closest shelter? (DORRIS Mobile App give you list of shelters in your area as standard service)
- What is my family/household communication plan in case we separate?