disaster_snowfall_100px_icon_bluebox-copyBeing prepared is one step to surviving, sustaining and reuniting during a severe winter event.  Staying informed is key to successful planning and response.  Stay connected to information through local channels, and have options (hand crank or solar powered radio) for when power fails.  Receiving alerts or information about changing weather patterns is important.

Official:  Local and national weather services for your region will release appropriate warnings.  In the USA the National Weather Service is a component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is an Operating Unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce

Alerts:  Unlike sudden onset disasters much of winter’s risks can be mitigated with proper awareness of the threats, staying tuned to local weather announcements is important.  Visit your local emergency management site online to see what types of alerts they offer.  In the USA the National Weather Service offers that you can customize for your City where available. Code Red is another service that may be available at no charge to you learn more about it here but confirm that it is an active service for your location.

What can you do to help?  Volunteers interested in helping in this area can search and share messages from officials in their region.  Also you can prepare to help respond to severe weather events  through some online courses are available such as  SKYWARN course.

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