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Common Emergencies in Central Virginia

Snowstorms and Extreme Cold


Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms and blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and high winds.

A winter storm can:

  • Last a few hours or several days;
  • Knock out heat, power and communication services; and
  • Place older adults, young children and sick individuals at greater risk.

If you are under a winter storm warning, find shelter right away.

  • Stay off of roads.
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly.
  • Prepare for power outages.
  • Use generators outside only and away from windows.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Check on neighbors.

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