Winter Weather Preparedness Day in Iowa November 6th

The National Weather Service and the State of Iowa Office of Emergency Management have declared November 6th as Winter Weather Preparedness Day in Iowa.  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.  As we saw and experienced in last year in parts of the region, the impact of winter storms on an area can be immense and overwhelming.  It's only a matter of time before 'Ole man winter hits once again. 

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 are a few important things to take care of before the snow begins.  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 a 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

Also, remember you can follow the National Weather Service office in Sioux Falls on Facebook.  Click on the link to go directly to our NWS Sioux Falls Facebook page!

Attention media:  If you would like to schedule an interview concerning Winter Weather Preparedness, please contact Todd Heitkamp at (605) 330-4247 or e-mail him at

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