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Cold Weather Tips

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Each year, dozens of Americans die due to exposure to cold, vehicles accidents due to winter weather conditions and fires due to the improper use of heating devices. Many of these deaths and injuries can be avoided with proper planning.  

  • Have a plan – Everyone should have a plan of how to deal with ice, snow, and frigid cold weather. OSU Snow and Ice Removal Plan
  • Keep up with the weather if you have travel plans – If winter precipitation is forecast,  consider delaying the trip to avoid being caught in a dangerous situation. Even small amounts of freezing drizzle, sleet or snow can cause significant travel problems.
  • Develop and maintain an emergency supplies kit – A winter storm safety kit will be critical should a winter storm cause you to lose electrical power and/or water service. A three-day supply of essential supplies, including water and food for the family, batteries, flashlights, and medical supplies, should be in place and checked frequently. This supply kit will be the same one you should have on hand during tornado season. In addition, if you have to travel this winter you should have an emergency survival kit in your vehicle as well.
  • Pay attention to NWS watches, warnings and advisories – The National Weather Service works hard to get the word out as far in advance as possible when winter storms approach. Whether you get your information from television and radio, the Internet, or weather radio, keep up to date on the latest forecasts and warnings.
  • Get a battery operated weather radio – One of the items that should be in everyone’s disaster supplies kit is a battery operated weather radio. Weather radio is a service of the National Weather Service and provides round the clock weather information, including all the latest winter weather information.

More information can be found at the National Weather Service

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