Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms including blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and high winds.
A winter storm can:
Last a few hours or several days.
Cut off heat, power, and communication services.
Put older adults, children, sick individuals, and pets at greater risk.
Preparing for Winter Storms:
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.
Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power.
Keep in mind each person's specific needs, including medication.