Severe Weather--Cold & Storm Safety Tips


Severe Weather:

Cold and Storm Safety

At Home:

  • Keep informed on current weather conditions.

  • Keep a battery-operated radio, flashlight, batteries, bottled water, canned and dried food, extra blankets and heavy, warm clothing available.

  • Close off unneeded rooms; cover windows and stuff cloth in cracks under doors when heat is unavailable.

  • Be aware of fire and carbon monoxide hazards when using emergency heating sources (fireplace, woodstove, space heater, etc.) Replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon-monoxide detectors every six months. Replace all smoke detectors after 10 years.

  • Avoid frozen pipes and holes to keep the cold outside air from entering your home. In an emergency, run a trickle of water to keep pipes from freezing.

  • Contact a relative or neighbor for assistance, if needed.

In Your Car:

  • Carry emergency supplies such as extra cold weather clothing, blankets, shovel, snow scraper, sand, booster cables, rope, flashlight, first aid kit, high energy snacks, bucket, battery-operated radio, knife, tool kit and matches.

  • Keep your gas tank almost full.

  • When traveling, inform others of your schedule and route.

  • For assistance, tie a cloth to your antenna, display a Triad “Send Help” sign, or use emergency flashers when your car is not running, to alert others that help is needed.

  • If you carry a cell phone, call 911.

  • Run the engine ten minutes per hour for heat, and open the window slightly for fresh air. Be sure the exhaust pipe isn’t blocked. (Carbon monoxide is a potential hazard.)

  • Keep warm by moving about arms, legs, fingers and toes.

While Outside:

  • Dress in several loose fitting layers.

  • Wear tightly woven water-repellent outer layers.

  • Wear a hat. Half of the body’s heat is lost through the head.

  • Avoid overexertion that can lead to sweating, chilling and hypothermia. Keep dry.

  • If you suspect frostbite, blow on the area to warm it slowly. Do not rub it. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Resources for you on severe weather:

Kalamazoo County Emergency Management

@ (269)383-8743


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