Dangers Of 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)
- 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:
- 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