Snowy Weather Preparations

The first big snowstorm of 2016 has been forecast for the Washington DC, area. Now is the time to prepare, before the snow starts falling.

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

One of the primary concerns is the winter weather's ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region.

The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as the “Deceptive Killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. Instead, people die in traffic accidents on icy roads and of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.

Make sure you have a good communications plan for your employees. Make every effort for them to work from home, if posibble, to keep productivity up. Ensuure you have adequate supplies such as food, water, blankets, etc., if you should be stranded at your place of business.

A good place to start is by downloading the "Winter Storms/Extreme Cold" Hazard preparation document available here. Don't wait until the snow is falling to start!

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