Winter storms can occur in almost every state, but pose the greatest risk in these States: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Most residents in the United States will experience some form of severe weather related to a winter storm at time point. Severe weather includes strong winds, freezing temperatures, icy road conditions, and heavy rain and/or sleet. These conditions can also result in the lost of heat, power, and communications services. These disruptions can last for many days, so it’s important to be prepared for winter storm conditions ahead of time.
Most injuries and deaths associated with winter storms happen to people involved in traffic accidents and from hypothermia (prolonged exposure to extremely cold conditions).
These terms are commonly used by authorities to describe winter storm conditions that may exist in your area. Pay attention to your TV and local radio news stations for information about current and emerging weather conditions.
A layer of ice has formed on roads and walkways, making them slippery and dangerous.
Rain is freezing into ice pellets before hitting the ground. This makes road and walkways to become slippery and dangerous.
Cold temeratures, ice and snow fall are expected.
Severe weather such as heavy snow and ice is probable in the next day or two.
Severe winter conditions including heavy snow and icy conditions have begun or will begin shortly.
Heavy snow and strong winds will produce snow, creating zero visibility conditions, deep snow drifts and extremly dangerous wind chills are likely.
Below freezing temperatures are likely.
Additional Tips In Case of a Winter Storm Warning
During winter months, make sure you keep a full tank of gas in your car in case you need to leave your home. During or after severe weather conditions, gas stations may not be open. In addition, have professional mechanic inspect and fix any problems with these items at the beginning of each winter season:
Being prepared for a winter storm or any other type of disaster requires preparation beforehand. There are three important steps you should complete in preparation for a winter storm. To make this even easier, Essential Packs provides you with a FREE online Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide that takes your step-by-step through the process:
Having the proper emergency preparedness kit, having a plan, and knowing what to do before a winter storm strikes, will greatly improve you and your family’s chances of being safe. Complete the 3-Step Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide today!
Getting an Emergency Preparedness Kit for your home, office (or school), and car(s) is an essential first step in being prepared for a winter storm. Emergency Preparedness Kits from Essential Packs, provide you and your family with the emergency supplies your family needs to last for 3 days (72 hours). Deluxe Kits from Essential Packs are compliant with FEMA's guidelines and include important items like: emergency food and drinking water, Flashlight, radio, first-aid supplies, sanitation supplies, emergency blankets, waterproof ponchos, and much more.
For additional help on selecting the right kit, visit Step 1 - Get A Kit of our Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide.
In order to know what to do when a winter storm occurs, you need to create a Family Emergency Plan. Sit down with your family members and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do in the event of a disaster or emergency.
To make this easy, Essential Packs provides you with a Family Emergency Planning Document that you can download for FREE. Simply open this PDF document and fill-in the blanks, then, print a copy for each family member, and store one copy in your Emergency Preparedness Kit.
You should update your Family Emergency Plan every six months, as phone number, work locations, and other important information could change.
For more help on creating a Family Emergnecy Plan, visit Step 2 - Make A Plan of our Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide.
The final step to getting prepared is to be informed about what to do before, during, and after a winter storm. FEMA's In-Depth Citizen's Guide to Disaster Preparedness helps you do this by providing you with comprehensive emergency preparedness information a variety of disasters.
Visit Step 3 - Be Informed of our Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide to download FEMA's comprehensive, 200 page book called, "Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness".