Winter Weather Preparedness
For people spending their winter on Cape Cod, it is important to be prepared for extreme cold temperatures. The website, ready.gov, gives safety advice and preparedness tips for a variety of issues that could result from extreme cold weather.
Preparing for Winter Weather
Being prepared for inclement winter weather is essential for safely making it through a winter storm. Follow the weather on Cape Cod by checking the weather tab on the BCREPC website.The Insurance Information Institute and the National Weather Service are valuable resources for learning how to prepare your home and automobile for winter. Keep your home and automobile stocked with emergency supplies at all times and do your best to get all needed items before weather becomes too dangerous to drive in.
During Winter Weather
After preparing for a winter storm, it is essential to know how to properly withstand the elements and be educated on how to survive once the dangerous winter weather has hit.
Sheltering: If you find yourself short on supplies or without adequate heating to remain safely in your home, Cape Cod has a sheltering system that can be utilized. Be knowledgeable about the location and protocol involved with the sheltering system before inclement weather strikes.
Health Hazards: In winter storms, most deaths and injuries are not directly related to the storm itself, but from other factors that are indirectly related to the storm. NOAA has produced a dangers of winter weather pamphlet describing some of these risk and how to prevent and treat them. It is equally important to become familiarized with hypothermia and its deadly consequences. Call 9-1-1 immediately if you believe you or a companion has hypothermia.
Driving Safety: The Department of Transportation says that an average of 6,253 people are killed each year and another 480,000 are injured due to weather related accidents. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is a good resource for tips on driving safe in winter weather.
After Winter Weather
In the aftermath of a winter storm, ready.gov suggests that you restock your emergency supply kits as soon as possible. Also, it is important to assess the effectiveness of your family’s emergency plan as well as collaborate with your peers to share experiences and lessons learned.