Dangers Of Winter Storms

Wednesday, December 19th 2007, 12:34 pm
By: News 9

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
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