Winter Storm Readiness 101
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As of Jan. 8, the National Weather Service reported snow covered more than half of the continental U.S. along with more rain coming from a separate storm system in states already experiencing freezing temperatures.
Our Preparis Emergency Management Consultant Bryan Hill recommends three crucial steps to prepare for a winter storm.
- Ensure you have an alternate work plan for severe weather so employees don’t have to drive on the road if conditions are bad.
- Remind employees no one is allowed to use space heaters in the office, as these are a potential safety hazard.
- Be familiar with your backup generator system to know what it powers. Most times, it will not cover a full-range of technology, so know what it can and can’t do if the power goes off.
Dangerous winter weather comes with several days warning thanks to modern meteorology; however, it is essential to have a plan for both your home and business to be prepared for severe cold, ice, or a blizzard dumping several feet of snow.
Companies who already have access to the Preparis portal can find multiple checklists and tools in The Knowledge Center, but for those who are interested in learning more, please download the Preparis Winter Storm Checklist for an outline of the key steps you need to prepare for and respond to dangerous wintry weather. This document will help define what emergency supplies are needed, hazards to be aware of after the storm has passed, plus how to avoid hypothermia and frostbite
Also, check out our Webinar on Winter Storm preparations featuring AccuWeather.com severe weather expert, Henry Margusity. For those out there with questions, feel free to post them in our comments section below. Be sure to follow Preparis on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates on industry news and events.