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Dangers Of Winter Storms

From hypothermia, traffic accidents and accidental deaths, there are many dangers associated with winter storms. From hypothermia, traffic accidents and accidental deaths, there are many dangers associated with winter storms.

From hypothermia, traffic accidents and accidental deaths, there are many dangers associated with winter storms.  However, most deaths are not directly related to the storm itself:

  • People die in traffic accidents on slick, icy roads.
  • People die of hypothermia from exposure to the cold.
  • People die from carbon monoxide exposure from improper ventilation of alternative heat sources, like generators.
  • People die of heart attacks from overexerting themselves while shoveling snow, pushing a car or walking in the snow.

One of the most important things Oklahomans can do to protect themselves, their family, homes and pets during a snow event is to prepare.  Just in case a winter storm brings widespread power outage it is important to have emergency supplies on hand in your home. Your household emergency kit should include:

  • Cell Phone
  • First Aid Kit And Essential Medications
  • Battery-Powered NOAA Weather Radio (click here for weather radio transmitter frequencies)
  • Flashlight
  • Extra Batteries
  • Canned Food And Can Opener
  • At Least Three Days Of Bottled Water, (One Gallon Of Water Per Person A Day)
  • Extra Blankets
  • Extra Warm Clothing, Including A Warm Coat, Gloves, Boots And A Hat

It is also important to be prepared if you are stranded alongside the road during severe winter weather.  Your roadside kit should include:

  • Blankets
  • Extra Winter Clothes And Boots
  • Bottled Water
  • Non-Perishable Food And A Can Opener
  • Special Needs Items (Diapers, Medications)
  • Flashlight Or Lantern
  • Battery Powered Radio And Extra Batteries
  • Extra Batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Booster Cables
  • Tow Rope
  • Tool Kit
  • Windshield Scraper
  • Fire Extinguisher (5 Lb., A-B-C Type)
  • Tire Repair Kit And Pump
  • Sand Or Cat Litter
  • Maps
  • Shovel
  • Flares
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