As the holidays come and go, hot cocoa is drank, and college bowl games are watched the one thing you can’t predict is the weather. Just this month snowstorms have already blanketed the Northeast and Mideast leading to snow days and traffic delays. The National Weather Service called winter storms the “Deceptive Killers” in a preparedness guide from 2001. Winter storms are deceptive in that there are hidden dangers people forget about. Let’s review and see if you are prepared.
-In 2001 automobile accidents attributed to 70% of injuries related to blizzards (1). In rural areas things can get particularly bad if you get stranded off the beaten bath. It is unfortunate that this happens every year and can end in tragedy.
- Ice storms are very brutal and can cause home damage and power outages. Falling tree branches destroyed utility lines and can leave homeowners without power for weeks.
-Hikers or campers could be at significant risk of hypothermia and frostbite should a storm surprise them. Being prepared with some basic supplies, building a snow shelter and making a fire and make a night in the cold like any other.
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1. NOAA, Winter Storms the Deceptive Killer, (Jun, 2008) http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/resources/Winter_Storms2008.pdf