A major winter storm can be lethal. A major winter storm can last for several days and be accompanied by high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall, and cold temperatures. People can become trapped at home, without utilities or other services. Heavy snowfall and blizzards can trap motorists in their cars. Attempting to walk for help in a blizzard can be a deadly decision.

Winter storms are considered deceptive killers because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. The leading cause of death during winter storms is from automobile or other transportation accidents. Exhaustion and heart attacks caused by overexertion are the two most likely causes of winter storm-related deaths.

House fires occur more frequently in the winter due to lack of proper safety precautions when using alternate heating sources. Fire during winter storms presents a great danger because water supplies may freeze and it may be difficult for firefighting equipment to get to the fire.

Preparing for all types of cold weather conditions and disasters, and responding to them.

There’s a powerful storm coming your way.  You’ve got some major securing to do.  The inside of your home has already been secured, including supplies, food and water.  Now you’ve got to secure the outside of your home.  We’ll go from most important to least important.

Consider the largest items outside.  These are the ones with no cover at all.  Cars , boats, ATVs, lawn and toy furniture—so many things.  Move all vehicles, including all items of similar size, to at least 30 feet from the house.  Put your vehicles in gear and engage the hand break.  Boats should have their biminis or sails taken down and loose items on deck taken below.  ATVs, outside appliances and yard maintenance machines should be tied down.  Uh-huh.  You  heard right.  Find a lot of rope.

This includes lawn furniture and large toy contraptions.  Get a sharp knife to quickly cut the lengths you need.  Tie these things together, when possible, and then tie them to the house.  Sounds freaky.  But you’ve got to if it’s a very strong storm.  Make sure there’s no give on the rope for everything you tie down.  And let me tell you, I didn’t know how to tie strong knots until this.  You’ve gotta learn what you’ve gotta learn.  Make it happen.

Some tips here.  If it’s a very severe storm, leave the littlest crack on one window of each of your vehicles.  Check again and ensure that all motorized vehicles, including ATVs, are left in gear and their breaks engaged.  Plug the drain for your boat and fill it to halfway with water.  Do the same for other large items that are also able to hold water.

This will keep their “feet” on the ground and prevent them from being rolled over.  Tables should be turned upside down and chairs piled on top of them.  What you’re doing is creating bulk and weight wherever you can.  This will help to keep them on the ground.

All things hanging have got to be taken down.  Plants in pots, decorations, art or anything that is notalready secured to an immobile structure.  This includes canopies and tarps.  Any and all loose items you may have straggling around.  Smaller toys, all types of gear, tools, especially the sharp ones.  Barbeque grills, whatever.  If you can move it, so can the storm.

Piles of wood left where they are?  Piles of anything that can become airborne need your attention.  You so don’t want flying projectiles.  Secure them all and then, only then can you relax.  But, wait!  The garden!

Most amateur horticulturalists will surely consider their gardens to be more important than anything else outside the house.  But, honestly, when it comes to danger, a hard “anything” will hurt more than a flying plant (well, probably not a cactus).  If the plant is in a pot that stands higher than two feet, lay it on the ground on its side.  If the plants are on stilts or on pedestals, take them down.  Put all of these close together.

Drape some sort of netting over them.  Nets allow wind to pass through them but will also hold whatever’s under them fairly in place.  Tuna nets are a personal favorite.  Sections can be cut out of a roll to accommodate every plot of garden that you’ve got.  Try it.

If you don’t secure them, you’ll have to bring them indoors.  Otherwise, they may be gone when it’s all over.  You’ll have to decide what you’re willing to let go.

Keep in mind that the trimming of large trees takes some consideration.  If you’ve got large trees around your home, and you love your trees, you’ve got to trim them down.  At the very least, remove dead and dying branches.  Then immediately get them off the property.  These are large flying projectiles waiting to happen.  Don’t risk it.

Living in extremely cold places poses a serious risk to those living in areas where temperatures can drop dramatically. Northern US states, Canada, northern European countries, Asia as well as countries in South America meet the meteorological conditions which trigger winter storms. Drastic temperature drops represent a serious hazard to anyone living in these areas who is not prepared to handle such conditions and things just get worse when snow starts to fall.

People living in populated cities have much of the resources needed to survive such weather, but campers, people who practice winter sports and many others are in serious risks of getting caught in one of these storms, in fact these are the people we often hear about on the news who get disoriented and lost because of winter storms.

The first step is to always be prepared for the unexpected winter storm and keep survival kit with you, whether you are just heading out to camp or to ski on nearby slopes, caution is the first step to survival.

There are two common ways people get caught on a winter storm, the first is when people’s vehicles fail on them or they are outside and get lost due to the weather conditions, many think that surviving a storm inside a car is easy compared to being outside without any type of shelter but this thought can be quite deceiving.

People who get caught in a winter storm while on their vehicles face the risks of hypothermia and carbon monoxide poisoning.

It is recommended to run the motor every hour in order to keep some heat in the vehicle which will keep you warm, you should never keep yourself completely locked inside with the windows rolled up for an extended period of time, open them periodically in order to avoid intoxication by dangerous gases.

Since you might be in a confined space try to move your arms legs and fingers vigorously in order to keep the blood flowing and your core temperature stable, once the storm has passed make yourself visible to rescuers by raising the hood of your car or hanging clothes with eye catching colors outside the car.a