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2007 Lake Effect Storm

Winter

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.

Blizzard Warning

Large amount of falling or blowing snow; winds of at least 35 miles per hour are expected to last for several hours.

Wind Chill

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:

  • Service snow removal equipment. Use rock salt to melt ice on walkways, and kitty litter or sand to temporarily generate traction.
  • Winterize your home.
  • Maintain a surplus of heating fuel.
  • Have some type of safe, emergency heating equipment available.
  • Install and check smoke detectors.
  • Keep pipes from freezing.
  • Have adequate winter supplies on hand.

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:

  • One week supply of food (include items that do not require refrigeration or cooking in case the power is turned off)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Portable, non-electric can opener
  • One week supply of essential prescription medications
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags
  • First Aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher

Create a Winter Car Kit:

  • Several blankets or sleeping bags
  • Newspapers for insulation
  • Two empty coffee cans (for sanitation and to burn a candle in)
  • Matches and candles
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Extra mittens, socks, and wool cap
  • First Aid kit with pocket knife
  • Small sack of sand to generate traction
  • Small shovel, pliers, wrench, screwdriver
  • Windshield scraper and a small broom
  • Booster cables
  • Distress flares

For more information on winter safety and emergency planning, contact the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 591-9150.

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