Although winter comes as no surprise, many folks may not be ready for its arrival. Preparing for the hazards of a winter storm means that you are more likely to remain safe and healthy when it strikes.

Winter weather, specifically winter storms, may be viewed as deceptively benign since most injuries and/or deaths occur due to reasons usually indirectly related to the storms. People are either injured or killed in traffic crashes on hazardous roads or suffer from hypothermia due to prolonged exposure to cold weather. Another serious concern associated with winter storms is disruption to power, heat, and communications — sometimes for days.

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