SNOW STORMS & COLD

Overview of stats & general information about disaster

Snow Storm, often called a Blizzard, will always occur in cold weather (obviously) and is a result of strong winds (also differnence in temperatures of two winds) and large amounts of snow fall. Snow Storms cause visibility to be reduced and extremely dangerous driving conditions. 

Preparation

How to prepare for a snow storm

When preparing for a snow storm ensure that you have the adequate supplies, such as snow shovels, wood (for fire place), food, and fuel in case you need to use a generator during a power outage. Once you’ve purchased all necessary supplies, prepare and adjust any liquids that might freeze or cause damage to your home or car. Examples of these liquids/scenarios include: filling your gas tank, allowing every faucet to drip, and leaving your kitchen sink cabinets slightly open to allow warmer air into the pipes inside.

during

what to do during

During a snow storm, the first and obvious thing to do would be, stay indoors. The weather conditions outside could be too harsh and unpredictable, therefore it is best to remain inside until it is safe to do otherwise. While remaining indoors, turn your television on to your local news channel for any advice or any important announcement regarding the snow storm. In the case that there is a power outage, do not use the generator indoors since it releases fumes that could be harmful to you and your family. Also, instead of candles use flashlights to avoid any potential accidents. 

after

What to do after

After a snow storm you might want to run outside and start building snowmen or shoveling snow, but before you do, ensure that there are no power lines on the ground that could potentially still have current running through them. Once you have concluded that it is safe to step outside, inspect for any damaged pipelines, damage to your chimney, and any other destruction done to your home/property caused by the snow storm. Also make sure that you shut off any faucets you might still have had dripping during the snow storm, unless otherwise instructed.