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By Field Supervisor Stacey Holden
November 2, 2019

Cold weather & winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion.

Winter storms and blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds.

Are you & your family prepared for the cold weather?

Prepare NOW!

First, subscribe to Harford County Alerting at https://harfordcounty.bbcportal.com/.

Emergency alert messages will also be shared via the following:
Radio Stations With Emergency Alert System Messages
-WXCY: 103.7 FM
-WHFC: 91.1 FM
EOC Direct Hookup to the Harford Cable Network
-Armstrong: Channel 7
-Comcast: Channel 21
-Verizon: Channel 31

Know your area’s risk for winter storms. Extreme winter weather can leave communities without utilities or other services for long periods of time.

Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.

Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.

Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.

Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep the gas tank full.
Learn the signs of, and basic treatments for, frostbite and hypothermia.

When the time comes, utilize the Harford County Snow Plow Tracker at http://apps.harfordcountymd.gov/SnowPlowTracker/Disclaimer.aspx.

For closings and delays, monitor via local news & weather station or at the following:
Inclement Weather Lines:
-Phone: 410-638-3594
-Phone: 410-638-3484
-Phone: 410-893-3594

Keep an eye out for emergency shelters that may be established during cold weather & snow emergencies.

Get more information and resources at the below web pages.

Hyperlinks: https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather
Attachment FEMA_2017_WinterStorm_HTP_FINAL.pdf  (17,764k)

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