Common Emergencies in Central Virginia
Snowstorms and Extreme Cold
ABOVE: WINTER WEATHER TIPS FROM NOAA
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.