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Don’t Get Caught Out in the Cold

3/15/2017

The winter season is coming to an end, but end of season storms can still be dangerous.  Protect yourself and your family from cold weather dangers. 

Snow, sleet and high winds can knock out heat, power and communication services to your home or office. When you know a storm is coming, prepare for weather-related emergencies and follow these steps from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to prepare: 

Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available. Check both carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke detectors batteries and change them if necessary. Stock food that needs no cooking or refrigeration and water stored in clean containers. Ensure that your cell phone is fully charged. Keep an up-to-date emergency kit.  Don’t forget that during the cold weather months our bodies need extra protection. Layer light, warm clothing, gloves, scarves, hats and waterproof boots for wetter weather. Work slowly when doing outside chores, and take a friend and an emergency kit when participating in outdoor recreation. And, don’t forget to drink water. Even though you may not feel as thirsty in the cold weather as you do in the summer months, staying hydrated is just as important. 

It is also important to check on family and neighbors who are at risk from cold weather hazards: young children, older adults, and the chronically ill. If you have pets, bring them inside. If you can’t bring them inside, provide adequate, warm shelter and unfrozen water to drink. 

Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous for all, but if you plan ahead, you can stay safe and healthy! You can also visit Ready.gov for more tips, resources and winter safety ideas. After the storm, visit www.tricare.mil/afterdisaster for a checklist to consider after severe weather to make sure your health care needs are met.

Last Updated 3/15/2017