Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | April 11, 2013

Weather Safety & Resources

cold winter ag scene

While spring may have begun last month, it certainly doesn’t mean the end of cold weather and snowstorms just yet. We saw a heavy storm throughout the state this week and it looks like there is definitely more winter weather expected with significant snowfall. With ongoing winter storm forecasts and some areas receiving well over 15 inches of snow, this serves as a reminder of the importance of weather safety and storm preparedness. Read on for some winter storm safety and preparedness tips and helpful resources for further reading.

 

  • Stay up-to-date on weather forecasts/alerts/storm warnings.
  • Weatherproof your home and make sure there is adequate insulation. Make sure to have an emergency supply kit in vehicles and within the home.
  • Avoid driving in poor weather conditions as much as possible. If travel is necessary, make sure to decrease speed and leave plenty of room for stopping safely.
  • When traveling, make sure headlights are on, and keep lights and windows clean for optimal visibility.
  • Use extra caution when traveling over bridges, less-traveled roads, steep hills, and when passing other vehicles. When slowing or stopping, break gently to avoid sliding.
  • Avoid going outdoors in poor weather conditions and extreme cold. If going outdoors is necessary, make sure to dress in warm, layered clothing and cover extremities.
  • Be aware of the signs of hypothermia and frostbite and take precautions.
  • If heading outdoors in winter weather conditions, notify someone of where you will be and keep some type of open communication line such as a cell phone or two-way radio device. Make sure cell phones are fully charged in the event of a storm, and keep a portable charger on hand when traveling. 

winter roads

Stay up-to-date on weather conditions and storm forecasts!

Helpful Resources for Winter Storm Safety & Preparedness:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Emergency Preparedness and Response: Winter Weather.

Winter Safety & Agriculture:

 

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

-The Weather Channel. Driving Safety Tips: Winter Storms: Driving in Snow and Ice.  http://www.weather.com/activities/driving/drivingsafety/drivingsafetytips/snow.html.

-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Emergency Preparedness and Response: Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather. http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/beforestorm/preparehome.asp

– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Emergency Preparedness and Response: Winter Weather: Outdoor Safety. http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/duringstorm/outdoorsafety.asp.

 

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

 

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