Winter Weather Awareness Day in Iowa & Nebraska is November 7th

The National Weather Service and the Emergency Management Agencies in Iowa & Nebraska have declared November 7th as Winter Weather Awareness Day.  We would like to remind everyone that now is the time to start preparing themeselves, their families, vehicles, and homes for the onset of adverse winter weather.  It is only a matter of time before 'Ole man winter returns to the area. 

Why talk about Winter Weather?

  • Each year, dozens of Americans die due to exposure to cold.  Add to that the number vehicle accidents and fatalities, fires due to mis-use of alternate heat sources, 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 accompanied by high winds, freezing rain, sleet, heavy snowfall and cold temperatures.
  • Threats, such as hypothermia and frostbite, can lead to permanent injuries or even death. 
  • The aftermath of a winter storm can have an impact on an area for days, weeks, or even months.

It is very important to be prepared for adverse winter weather.  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 a survival kit in your vehicle.  Remember, it is ultimately up to you to make the preparedness decisons based upon the information you hear from the National Weather Service.  It's decision that could save your life.

For more information on winter weather safety, please consult the following web sites:

NWS Sioux Falls Winter Weather Safety Page

NWS Des Moines Winter Weather Safety Page

NWS Omaha Winter Weather Page

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency Winter Weather Preparedness Page

If you would like more information concerning winter weather safety, contact your local County Emergency Manager or your local National Weather Service.  If you would like to schedule an interview discussing winter weather preparedness, please contact Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Todd Heitkamp by sending an e-mail request to or call (605) 330-4247.

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