Winter Storms and Your Family

Winter Storms and Your Family

Winter storms can bring freezing temperatures, large quantities of snow and ice, high winds and blizzard conditions. As a result, hazards to you and your family's health are possible. Prepare before the storm to protect your family.

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)
Hazards and Threats: Snow/Ice
Website discussing personal, home, and farm safety issues in the event of severe snow or ice.
Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)
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

Preparing Before the Storm

Be Prepared: Staying Safe and Healthy in Winter
Website discussing how to prepare for winter weather.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Be Red Cross Ready: Winter Storm Safety Checklist
Factsheet containing checklists to aid in preparing for a storm as well as maintaining safety after the storm has passed.
American Red Cross (ARC)
Winter Storm Preparedness and Response: Safety at Home and While Traveling
Factsheet discussing measures to take to protect your family from the many hazards of winter weather at home or on the road.
University of Wisconsin Extension
Winter Weather: Tips for Coping with Severe Winter Weather
Information on staying safe during severe winter weather.
South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service

Family Health and Safety During Winter Storms

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)
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)

Resources for Kids

Owlie Skywarn's Winter Storms Ahead!
Booklet (11 pages) for kids to learn about winter storms and how to stay safe.
National Weather Service (NOAA NWS)