Winter Storms and Your Business

Winter Storms and Your Business

Severe winter weather can lead to property damage, employee illness or injury, and possible business closures. Preparing before the storm can help you protect your employees, minimize damage and recover quicker following a winter storm situation.

Winter Storm Preparedness Factsheet

Related Websites

About Winter Weather
Website discussing dangers of winter weather to human health.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Natural Disasters: Snow and Ice
Website of resources for reducing illness and injury during severe winter conditions.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Ready.gov: Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
Website with information on what to do before, during and after a winter storm as well as information on possible flooding.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Severe Weather 101: Winter Weather Basics
Website discussing the dangers of winter storms.
National Weather Service and American Red Cross

Additional Resources

General Preparedness for Winter Storms

Wind Chill Temperature Index Brochure
Information on wind chill temperature and what the risks are for you.
National Weather Service (NOAA NWS)
Windchill Terms and Definitions
Information on wind chill, frostbite, hypothermia and other winter health and safety conditions.
National Weather Service (NOAA NWS)
Winter Weather Checklist
Website with a checklist of what you should have on hand to be prepared for a blizzard.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Employee Health and Safety

Be Prepared: Staying Safe and Healthy in Winter
Website discussing how to prepare for winter weather.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After a Disaster
Website with information and resources about carbon monoxide poisoning and how to prevent exposure.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention
Website with information on how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning during winter conditions.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety
Guidebook containing preparedness steps for your home and car during extremely cold weather conditions. Also includes information on indoor and outdoor safety and cold weather health emergencies.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Quiet Killer (video)
CDC Health Matters video (3.14 min) on the risk and dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, which can occur from improper generator and equipment use during power outages.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Wind Chill Temperature Index Brochure
Information on wind chill temperature and what the risks are for you.
National Weather Service (NOAA NWS)
Winter Weather Checklist
Website with a checklist of what you should have on hand to be prepared for a blizzard.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Winter Weather: Frostbite
Information on frostbite - how to recognize the signs and what to do if you suspect frostbite.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Winter Weather: Hypothermia
Information on hypothermia - how to recognize the signs and what to do if it occurs.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Winter Weather: Protect Yourself and Others
Website of resources on preventive actions to take to stay safe and healthy during winter weather.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Winter Weather: Stay Safe and Healthy
Website with information on winter weather health threats, including hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide and power outages.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Protecting Your Property

Ice Dam Prevention on Roofs: Simple Ways to Alleviate the Problem
Factsheet discussing way to prevent ice dams on roofs.
University of Wisconsin Extension
Protecting Plumbing During a Winter Storm: Care of Utilities and Appliances When the Power is Out
Factsheet discussing measures to take to reduce the chance of frozen pipes and what to do when pipes freeze.
University of Wisconsin Extension