When the Weather Outside is Frightful

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We are approaching that time of the year again! This is a friendly reminder to start thinking about inclement weather (snow) situations at our workplace. It is important for departments to begin planning in regards to transportation, possible sheltering for employees, and to also have an updated call list and roster. Other things to consider during extreme inclement weather situations are: identifying alternate ways to get to work (carpooling with co-workers), and items to keep in your personal vehicles if you need to stay in town.

Best Practices for prepping your home during inclement weather: 

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information
  • Extra food and water such as dried fruit, nuts and granola bars, and other food requiring no cooking or refrigeration.
  • Extra prescription medicine
  • Baby items such as diapers and formula
  • First-aid supplies
  • Emergency heat source: fireplace, wood stove or space heater, properly ventilated to prevent a fire
  • Fire extinguisher, smoke alarm; test smoke alarms once a month to ensure they work properly
  • Extra pet food and warm shelter for pets
  • You should NEVER run a generator in an enclosed space
  • Make sure your carbon dioxide detector is working and that the outside vent is clear of leaves and debris. During or after the storm, make sure it is cleared of snow. 

Best Practices while traveling during inclement weather:
Before you leave your house, make sure all fluid levels are full and ensure that the lights, heater and windshield wipers are in proper condition. Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Avoid traveling alone. Let someone know your timetable and primary and alternate routes. You can call 511 for the latest traffic and road incidents, including construction and weather conditions and restrictions. Every state offers this Department of Transportation service. Call before you leave, it might help with your planning!

Fully check and winterize your vehicle before the winter season begins. Carry a Go-Kit that includes the following:

  • Mobile phone, charger, batteries
  • Blankets/sleeping bags
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First-Aid kit
  • High-calorie, non-perishable food
  • Extra clothing to keep dry
  • Sack of sand or cat litter for traction
  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper and brush
  • Tool kit
  • Tow rope
  • Battery booster cables
  • Water container
  • Candle and matches to provide light and in an emergency, lifesaving heat.
  • Compass and road maps, don't depend on mobile devices with limited battery life 

Find the inclement weather policy on PolicyStat via your local intranet. If you have any questions, ask your leader what the expectations are if there is inclement weather in your area. Be prepared!