With Fall upon the Great Plains, now is the time to focus attention to winter weather and the dangers it can pose to life and property.
Thursday, November 7, has been declared as Winter Weather Awareness Day for the state of Nebraska.
Winter Weather Awareness Day is aimed at serving as a reminder to everyone to prepare for the winter season, and to get information out on how to protect your 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 accompanied by high winds, freezing rain, sleet, heavy snowfall and cold temperatures.
Threats, such as hypothermia and frostbite, can lead to loss of fingers or toes, other permanent injuries or even death.
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.
More information is available at: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/gid/?n=winterawareness