Winter Weather Awareness Day 2007 

          Summer has come and gone across the Central Plains, meaning now is the time to focus attention to winter weather and the dangers it can pose to life and property.  The National Weather Service, along with the state of Kansas, has declared Wednesday, November 14, as Winter Weather Awareness Day.  This day is being used as an opportunity to get information out to the public about winter weather, its impacts, and how to protect life and property. 

  Why Talk About Winter Weather? 

  • Each year, dozens of Americans die due to exposure to cold.  Add to that number vehicle accidents and fatalities, fires due to dangerous use of heaters, and other winter weather fatalities, and you have a significant threat.
  • People can become trapped at home or in a vehicle, without utilities or any other assistance.
  • A major winter storm can last for several days and be acoompanied by high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall and cold temperatures.
  • The aftermath of a winter storm can have an impact on a community or region for days, weeks, or even months.
  • Extremely cold temperatures, heavy snow and flooding caused by ice jams can create hazardous conditions and hidden problems.

          It is very important to be prepared in case a winter storm strikes, and everyone should create a plan for what you and your family will do in case of a storm. Having your car fully checked and winterized, along with having supplies available if you are stranded for a period of time in your home or at work, are things that should be done before each winter season arrives.

For more information about Winter Weather and how to prepare, visit the links below.

National Weather Service Winter Weather Page

Public Information Statement - Preparing Your Home

Public Information Statement - Preparing a Winter Weather Survival Kit

Public Information Statement - The Effects of Cold on the Body

1, 2, and 3 Day Snowfall Records 

 


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