Winter Weather Safety

by Phil Hysell

 

West Virginia Winter Weather Awareness Week: November 17th-November 23rd

North Carolina/Virginia Winter Weather Awareness Week: November 30th-December 6th

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. A major winter storm can last for several days and be accompanied by high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snow and cold temperatures. People can become trapped at home or in a car, without utilities or other assistance. The aftermath of a winter storm can have an impact on a community or region for days, weeks or even months.


The National Weather Service would like you to prepare you and your family for this potentially life-threatening hazard.

For more information about winter weather preparedness visit:
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/index.shtml