Here’s a handy consolidation of Red Cross links to information that will help you weather the storm.
- Winter Storm Safety checklist (includes generator safety): http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4240231_WinterStorms.pdf
- Winter Storm Safety page: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm
- Power Outage checklist: http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340180_PowerOutage.pdf
- Power Outage page: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/power-outage
- Generator Safety tips are also on Power Outage Checklist: http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340180_PowerOutage.pdf
- Fire Safety & Prevention Checklist: http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340073_FireSafety.pdf
- Home Fire Safety page: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/home-fire
- Preparedness and Carbon Monoxide info, winter weather tips and cold weather emergency (hypothermia) tips are in American Red Cross First Aid App: redcross.org/mobile
Additional outdoor safety info:
o Before you take on any strenuous work in cold temperatures—such as shoveling snow—consider your physical condition, the weather and the nature of the task. Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated while working, and avoid overexertion.
o Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.
o Seek medical attention immediately if you have symptoms of hypothermia, including confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Also seek immediate medical attention if you have symptoms of frostbite: these include numbness; flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration; and waxy-feeling skin.