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Winter Storms
Winter Storm Disaster Plan ...

Your family should be prepared for any hazard that might arise during a severe winter storm.

Storm Tracker by Uniden BearcatTo develop your plan, you need to know where you will be during the storm, how will you find each other if you're not together, what needs to be done to keep your children safe, and what options you have if you lose water, gas, electricity or telephone service.

Follow these steps in developing your family's disaster plan:

Gather Information

Contact your local National Weather Service office, emergency management office or civil defense office, and American Red Cross chapter. Find out what type of disasters could occur and how you should respond. Learn your community's warning signals and evacuation plans.

Create Plan with Family

Discuss the information you have gathered. Pick two places to meet: a spot right outside your home for an emergency such as a fire, and a place away from your neighborhood in case you can't return home. Choose an out-of-state friend as your family check-in contact for everyone to call if the family gets separated. Discuss what you would do if advised to evacuate.

Implement Your Plan
  1. Post emergency telephone numbers by phones
  2. Install safety features in your house (smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, etc.)
  3. Inspect your home for potential hazards (items that can move, fall, break or catch fire) and correct them
  4. Learn basic safety measures such as CPR and first aid, how to use a fire extinguisher, and how to turn off water, gas and electricity
  5. Teach children to call 911 in emergencies
  6. Keep enough supplies in your home to meet your needs for at least three days
  7. Assemble a disaster supplies kit:
    • Three-day supply of water (or one gallon per person per day)
    • Three-day supply of non-perishable food
    • One change of clothing and footwear per person
    • One blanket or sleeping bag per person
    • First aid kit including prescriptions
    • Emergency tools including a battery-powered portable radio and NOAA Weather Radio
    • Flashlight with extra batteries
    • Extra set of car keys and cash
    • Special items for infants, the elderly, or disabled family members

    Practice Your Plan

    Ask questions to make sure your family remembers meeting places, phone numbers, and safety rules. Conduct drills. Test your smoke detctors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Test and recharge your fire extinguishers according to your manufacturers' instructions. Replace stored water and food every six months.

  8. Winter Storm Preparation
  9. Winter Storm Family Disaster Plan
  10. Watches, Warnings Explained
  11. When Caught in a Winter Storm
  12. Hypothermia and Frost Bite
  13. Mid-Atlantic Winter Storms
  14. Causes of Winter Storms
  15. Winter Storm Deaths
  16. Impact of Winter Storms
  17. Types of Winter Precipitation

  18. News Index | Weather Index

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