Keep on Hand:
Terms to know:
Winter Storm Watch
Indicates severe winter weather may affect your area.
Winter Storm Warning
Severe winter weather conditions are definitely on the way.
Large amount of falling or blowing snow; winds of at least 35 miles per hour are expected to last for several hours.
By definition, life-threatening wind-chill conditions occur whenever the combination of wind speed and air temperature combine to produce wind chills of Minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. This is the temperature at which exposed skin would suffer frostbite within a short period of time.
Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, or Emergency Alert System television and radio stations. Listen for Winter Storm WATCH, WARNING, ADVISORY, or statement information.
Before the storm strikes:
Winter health hazards:
FROSTBITE is a severe reaction to cold exposure that can permanently damage its victims. Symptoms include a loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in fingers, toes, nose, and/or earlobes.
HYPOTHERMIA is brought on when the body core temperature drops below normal. Symptoms include uncontrollable shivering, slow speech, memory lapses, frequent stumbling, and drowsiness.
If frostbite or hypothermia is suspected, slowly warm the victim and seek immediate medical assistance. Never give a frostbite or hypothermia victim sedatives or alcohol.
Winter Emergency Supplies:
Create a Winter Car Kit:
For more information on winter safety and emergency planning, contact the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 591-9150.
Questions about Oswego County Emergency Management?