Staying Safe During Winter Months

Although the winter has been relatively calm in most parts of Nebraska this year, it is always good to keep in mind what happens when a winter storm occurs. Winter storms can create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion.

Winter storms can bring freezing rain, snow, ice, extreme cold, and high winds. Nebraska has seen all of this in late 2018 and will likely see more of it before winter is over.

If you are under a winter storm warning, seek shelter immediately. Stay off roads, stay indoors, prepare for power outages, and listen for emergency information. If you need to stay inside for several days, make sure you are prepared with extra food and water.

If you need to travel in potential hazardous weather conditions, make sure your car has an emergency kit. This kit should include items such as jumper cables, blankets, extra clothes, sand bag(s), flashlight, water, and non-perishable snacks. Keeping the gas tank full is also something you should do.

Following the above can prepare you for a potential winter storm and potentially save your life in instances where weather conditions are extremely hazardous.

 

Source: https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather