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Treat these severe winter storms with respect. Their high winds, extremely low temperatures and heavy snowfall can endanger lives in minutes.


  • Be prepared to wait out the storm indoors if possible. 
  • Know how to survive if trapped in your car when a winter storm strikes. 
  • Ice and freezing rain can cause power lines to break. Know how to protect yourself and your home in periods of extreme cold. 
  • Make yourself an EMERGENCY CAR KIT consisting of shovel, sand, salt or kitty litter, traction mats, tow chain, compass, cloth or roll of paper towels, warning light or road flares, extra clothing and footwear, emergency food pack, axe or hatchet, booster cables, ice scraper and brush, road maps, matches and a 'survival' candle in a deep can (to warm hands, heat a drink or use as an emergency light), fire extinguisher, ethyl hydrate (for fuel line and windshield de-icing), flashlight, first-aid kit with seatbelt cutter, and blanket (special 'survival' blankets are best).