Winter storms can range from inconvenient to hazardous, causing slippery roads, dangerously low temperatures, power outages, and endless snow shoveling.
How to stay safe: As with a hurricane, meteorologists can usually forecast severe winter storms ahead of time. Monitor local media for the latest information so you can gather supplies and arrange to be in a safe place when the storm hits. "If you're on the roadway and conditions become severe, find the nearest sturdy building that will offer protection, such as a shelter, a hospital, or a fire department," says Judge. If you become trapped in your car, pull over, turn on your hazard lights, and remain in the car. Keep warm, but conserve power, and consider running the engine with the heater on for about10 minutes every hour.
No matter what: Don’t use a camping stove or a barbecue grill inside to keep warm. "They need ventilation. When they don't have it, it can cause carbon monoxide poisoning," says Judge.