Winter weather is here. Are you traveling for the holidays? Are you prepared for cold weather?

Visit the Ready.Gov website for tips on how to be prepared for winter weather.

You Otter Pledge to be Prepared.

Listen to Local Officials

Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.

Winter Storms & Extreme Cold
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. 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. Visit their webpage for a fact filled brochure.

Ready.gov shares many ways that you can be better prepared:

The Centers for Diesease Control and Prevention provides a great Winter Weather Checklists page which has resources to help get prepared before storms arrive. Also, Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety, is an extensive document providing information about planning ahead for cold weather, safety both indoors and outdoors in cold weather and cold weather health conditions.

Find additional information on how to plan and prepare for a winter storm and learn about available resources by visiting the following websites:

Stay Safe.