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 and/or fog.
One of the primary concerns of winter weather storms is the ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme 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 are injured or killed in traffic accidents, hypothermia or frostbite from prolonged exposure to the cold. It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.
A number of detailed resources can be found at NOAA, such as their preparedness guide "Winter Storms - The Deceptive Killer" .
Severe weather may include rain, hail, tornadoes, high winds, ice, sleet and snow, excessive heat, etc. When severe weather occurs, remain calm and always use your best judgment, because it may be difficult to predict what situation may arise due to a weather related emergency. Local authorities may issue a severe weather warning by radio or civil defense sirens.
Public warning sirens operated by Hennepin County and the City are designed to be heard outside, and may not be heard inside the building. Building Management strongly recommends that each Tenant also have a weather radio to monitor severe weather warnings and a plan of action in place for dealing with severe weather, both during and after business hours, for the safety of their employees.
For weather information you may visit the National Weather Service’s website at www.nws.noaa.gov.
Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a winter storm hazard:
A few simple measures can make it safer to walk outdoors in the winter. Avoiding snow and ice, putting and wearing the right footwear all make a big difference.
Hold it! Don’t remove those gloves or mittens yet. Think twice before walking outside with your hands in your pockets.
Why? Keeping your hands in your pockets increases the risk of you falling or completely losing your balance in case you slip while walking on ice or snow.
Gloves sure look fashionable but donning mittens can actually save your digits. With your fingers touching each other inside mittens, they generate more body heat than when they are inside gloves.
Prevent heat loss by wearing a warm hat, scarf, and mittens or gloves. Dressing in layers may also keep you warmer.