How prepared are you for Winter Storms?

A new season brings a new set of hazards to prepare for.  Winter storms can bring snow, freezing rain, ice, high winds, and prolonged extreme cold.  These storms create a higher risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, car accidents, overexertion and heart attacks, and cold related illness including frostbite and hypothermia.

Prepare NOW

Listen to weather reports and warnings of winter storms. Durham County does experience winter weather and we can be without utilities and other services for prolonged periods of time.

Sign up for AlertDurham to be notified of any protective actions, opening of shelters, or community wide information.

Stock up at home and gather supplies for you Emergency Kit before the winter weather hits. When planning for an emergency take into account the needs of each member of your household. Think about dietary restrictions, medications, and the needs of your pets. Preparing ahead of time will lessen the stress that an emergency will likely bring.

Learn the signs, symptoms, and basic treatments for frostbite and hypothermia.


Survive DURING

Please stay off the roads if possible during winter weather. If you are trapped in your car during a snowstorm, stay inside.

When venturing outside make sure to layer your warm clothing. Be cognizant of signs for frostbite and hypothermia.

To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning only use generators and grills outdoors. It is important to keep fresh air circulating through your home. Do not turn on your oven and use it for a heater.

If you are at risk for a heart attack take care with your health do not overexert yourself when shoveling snow.

If you or a loved one exhibits signs of frostbite and hypothermia begin treatment right away.

If you can, check on your neighbors. Older adults, young children, and those with access and functional needs are more at risk in the extreme cold.

Car Emergency Kit

Create kit to leave in your car in case you are stranded. Below are some items you should pack!

  • Jumper Cables
  • Flares or Reflective Triangle
  • Ice Scraper
  • Car Cell Phone Charger
  • Blanket
  • Printed Map
  • Cat Litter or Sand for better tire traction
  • Plastic Gas Can
  • Tire Gage
  • Tire Plug Kit
  • Bungee Cords
  • Seat-belt cutter/Window-break
  • Emergency Supply Kit
    • First Aid Kit
    • Water/Protein Bars
    • Rechargeable Cell Phone Charger
    • Flashlight
    • Baby Wipes, Hand Sanitizer
    • Toolkit, Duct tape, Wire ties, Work gloves, WD-40
    • Dust Mask
    • Whistle


When stocking up your Emergency Kit make sure to include items that your pet will need. This includes an extra gallon of water for each pet per day. During snowstorms many jurisdictions use chemicals to treat the roads and parking lots. These chemicals may transfer onto your pet’s paws so be sure to clean their paws with a towel as they come inside.

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