If Caught In A Winter Storm

13Jan / 2015

If Caught In A Winter Storm



Find shelter:

  • Try to stay dry.
  • Cover all exposed body parts.|

No shelter:

  • Build a lean-to, windbreak or snow cave for protection from the wind.
  • Build a fire for heat and to attract attention.
  • Place rocks around the fi re to absorb and reflect heat. Melt snow for drinking water: • Eating snow will lower your body temperature.

In a Vehicle

Stay in vehicle:

  • You will become quickly disoriented in wind-driven snow and cold.
  • Run the motor about 10 minutes each hour for heat.
  • Open the window a little for fresh air to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked.

Be visible to rescuers:

  • Turn on the dome light at night when running the engine.
  • Tie a colored cloth, preferably red, to your antenna or door.
  • After snow stops falling, raise the hood to indicate you need help.


  • From time to time, move arms, legs, fingers and toes vigorously to keep blood circulating and to keep warm.


Stay inside:

  • When using alternate heat from a fi replace, wood stove, space heater, etc., use fire safeguards and properly ventilate.

No heat:

  • Close off unneeded rooms.
  • Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors.
  • Cover windows at night.
  • Eat and drink. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat. Keep the body replenished with fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Remove layers to avoid overheating, perspiration and subsequent chill.
The above is an excerpt from the article, “Winter Storms: Deceptive Killers.” For more information, please visit www.nws.noaa.gov.

Be Prepared: Winter Storms Are Deceptive Killers!

Be Prepared: Winter Storms Are Deceptive Killers!

rain-snow-fb-window-pain-fbAt home and work primary concerns are loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day.

At Home:


Flashlight and extra batteries.

Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information. These may be your only links to the outside.

Extra food and water. Have high energy food, such as dried fruit, nuts and granola bars, and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration.

Extra medicine and baby items.

First-aid supplies.

Heating fuel. Refuel before you are empty. Fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a winter storm.

Emergency heat source: fireplace, wood stove, space heater.

  • Use properly to prevent a fire.
  • Ventilate properly.

Fire extinguisher, smoke alarm.

  • Test smoke alarms once a month to ensure they work properly. Make sure pets have plenty of food, water and shelter.

In Vehicles

safe_winter_driving-shutterstock_91827941Plan your travel and check the latest weather reports to avoid the storm!

Fully check and winterize your vehicle before the winter season begins.

Carry a Winter Survival Kit:

  • Mobile phone, charger, batteries
  • Blankets/sleeping bags
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Knife
  • High-calorie, non-perishable food
  • Extra clothing to keep dry
  • Large empty can to use as emergency toilet. Tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes
  • Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water
  • Sack of sand or cat litter for traction
  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper and brush
  • Tool kit
  • Tow rope
  • Battery booster cables
  • Water container
  • Compass and road maps. Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Avoid traveling alone. Let someone know your timetable and primary and alternate routes.
The above is an excerpt from the article, “Winter Storms: Deceptive Killers.” For more information, please visit www.nws.noaa.gov.

Protect Your Workplace: Learn All About Suspicious Packages

12Jan / 2015

Protect Your Workplace: Learn All About Suspicious Packages

suspicious-package-fb-shutterstock_127934030Do you know the warning signs of a potentially dangerous letter or package? And what to do if you come across one?

You can find out in just a few minutes, thanks to a newly revised“Suspicious Mail or Packages” poster developed through the joint efforts of four federal agencies—the Department of Homeland Security; the U.S. Postal Service and its Postal Inspection Service; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the FBI.

Why the update? Before, three of our agencies were using similar but slightly different posters. To get all of the agencies on the same page—figuratively and literally—the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service spearheaded a campaign to have the single, identical poster we’re now making available to the public.

So what’s our collected advice?

First, be suspicious if you come across mail/packages with:

  • Protruding wires or strange odors;
  • Excessive tape or string;
  • Oily spots, discolorations, or crystallization on the wrapper;
  • Excessive postage;
  • Addressing mistakes and issues, including misspelled words, badly typed or written addresses, wrong titles with names, no return addresses, etc.

Second, if you do see one or more of these tell-tale signs, you should:

  • Stop…don’t handle the item;
  • Isolate it immediately;
  • Don’t open, smell, or taste it;
  • Activate your emergency plan and notify a supervisor.

Please take the time to read the poster for all the details. A few minutes of your time now might just save you or a co-worker from future harm. You can also pick up a free hard copy at your local post office.

For more workplace security posters, see the “Protect Your Workplace” campaign materials posted on the Department of Homeland Security website.

The above is an excerpt adapted from the article, “Protect Your Workplace: Learn All About Suspicious Packages.” For more information, please visit www.fbi.gov