New England Winter Storms

A major winter storm can last for several days and be accompanied by:
  • Extremely cold temperatures
  • Freezing rain or sleet
  • High winds
  • Large snowfall
Car Dangers of Winter Storms
  • People can be stranded in their cars or trapped at home without utilities or other services. People trapped in their cars in a heavy snow usually do best to remain in the car and await help.
  • Hypothermia is a major danger during winter storms. This condition is brought on when the body becomes extremely cold from prolonged exposure to cold temperatures.
  • Heavy snows can trap you in your car.
  •  Attempting to walk long distances in a blizzard can prove deadly.
  • Disorientation and confusion can come very quickly in blowing snow.
Protective Clothing
The best protection against extremely cold weather is to stay inside and dress warmly using loose fitting, layered, lightweight clothing.

Weather Notifications
For earliest notification of bad weather, residents should purchase a weather alert radio which can be activated by the National Weather Service. These radios are inexpensive and are available at stores such as Radio Shack. The radio will turn on when the weather notifications are passed and will keep you informed of the storm's progress.

Winter Preparation
The are several actions that should be completed before the arrival of the winter.

Household Preparation
  • A supply of kitty litter should be available to provide traction on slippery surfaces.
  • Caulk and weather strip doors and windows.
  • Install storm windows.
  • Insulate walls and attics.
  • Service snow removal equipment and have rock salt on hand to melt ice on walkways and driveways.
  • Winterize your home.
Heating Equipment
  • Check backup heating equipment.
  • Clean chimney to ensure safe operation of wood or coal burning equipment.
  • If you have a fireplace, stock an ample supply of wood for several days.
  • Test emergency generators.
Disaster Supplies
Have the following disaster supplies on hand:
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Fuel for grills and generators
  • Non-electric can opener
  • 1-week supply of prescription medications
  • 1-week supply of food
  • Portable battery operated radio and batteries
Emergency Plan
  • Develop an emergency plan which identifies how you will contact other family members if they are not with you when the storm arrives.
  • Review procedures with all family members on how to notify emergency services (in Ledyard dial 911) and the use of portable equipment such as generators and space heaters.