Severe winter weather can lead to health and safety challenges. You may have to cope with
- Cold related health problems, including frostbite and hypothermia
- Household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning from space heaters and fireplaces
- Unsafe driving conditions from icy roads
- Power failures
- Floods after snow and ice melt
Although there are no guarantees of safety during winter weather emergencies, you can take actions to protect yourself. You should have a disaster plan. Being prepared can help reduce fear, anxiety and losses. If you do experience a disaster, it is normal to feel stressed. You may need help in finding ways to cope.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Cold, Ice, and Snow Safety (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation)
- Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - PDF
- Federal Emergency Management Agency Also in Spanish
- National Weather Service: Watch, Warning, Advisory Display (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
- Summary of Natural Hazard Statistics for 2017 in the United States (National Weather Service) - PDF
- Winter Safety Tips for Older Adults (AGS Foundation for Health in Aging) - PDF
- Winter Storms and Extreme Cold (Healthy Roads Media) Also in Spanish
- Winter Storms and Extreme Cold (Department of Homeland Security)
- Winter Weather (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
- Winter Weather Checklists (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Also in Spanish
- Winter Weather: Indoor Safety (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Also in Spanish
- Winter Weather: Outdoor Safety (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Also in Spanish
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Characterization of Carbon Monoxide Exposure During Hurricane Sandy and Subsequent...
- Article: Histopathological changes in lungs of the mountain snow avalanche victims...
- Article: Gravel-bed river floodplains are the ecological nexus of glaciated mountain...
- Winter Weather Emergencies -- see more articles