Roy Williams of Westfield, Mass., shovels snow in front of his vehicle on a merge ramp on Interstate 91 southbound during a winter storm in Windsor, Conn., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. Williams said a plow clearing the highway passed by and blocked him in. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

WHY TALK ABOUT WINTER WEATHER?

  • Each year, dozens of Americans die due to exposure to cold. Add to that number, vehicle accidents and fatalities, fires due to dangerous use of heaters and other winter weather fatalities and you have a significant threat.
  • Threats, such as hypothermia and frostbite, can lead to loss of fingers and toes or cause permanent kidney, pancreas and liver injury and even death. You must prepare properly to avoid these extreme dangers. You also need to know

    Roy Williams of Westfield, Mass., shovels snow in front of his vehicle on a merge ramp on Interstate 91 southbound during a winter storm in Windsor, Conn., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. Williams said a plow clearing the highway passed by and blocked him in. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
    Roy Williams of Westfield, Mass., shovels snow in front of his vehicle on a merge ramp on Interstate 91 southbound during a winter storm in Windsor, Conn., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. Williams said a plow clearing the highway passed by and blocked him in. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
  • A major winter storm can last for several days and be accompanied by high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall and cold temperatures.
  • People can become trapped at home or in a car, without utilities or other assistance.
  • Attempting to walk for help in a winter storm can be a deadly decision.
  • The aftermath of a winter storm can have an impact on a community or region for days, weeks or even months.
  • Extremely cold temperatures, heavy snow and coastal flooding can cause hazardous conditions and hidden problems.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact your local National Weather Service (NWS) office, American Red Cross chapter or local emergency management agency for more weather-related brochures. You can find more information on flash flooding in the Floods….The Awesome Power brochure. Contact your local Red Cross chapter or NWS office for copies. You can download a copy at this NWS website: http://www.nws.noaa/om/water/ahps/pdfs/Floodbrochure_02_06.pdf. To find additional materials on winter safety, try the following Web sites:

NWS: www.nws.noaa.gov

FEMA: www.fema.gov

Red Cross: www.redcross.org