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close this bookEmergency Management Guide for Business and Industry (FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1997, 67 p.)
close this folderSECTION 3 : HAZARD-SPECIFIC INFORMATION
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View the documentFIRE
View the documentHAZARDOUS MATERIALS INCIDENTS
View the documentFLOODS AND FLASH FLOODS
View the documentHURRICANES
View the documentTORNADOES
View the documentSEVERE WINTER STORMS
View the documentEARTHQUAKES
View the documentTECHNOLOGICAL EMERGENCIES

SEVERE WINTER STORMS

Severe winter storms bring heavy snow, ice, strong winds and freezing rain. Winter storms can prevent employees and customers from reaching the facility, leading to a temporary shutdown until roads are cleared. Heavy snow and ice can also cause structural damage and power outages.

Planning Considerations

Following are considerations for preparing for winter storms:

· Listen to NOAA Weather Radio and local radio and television stations for weather information:

Winter Storm Watch — Severe winter weather is possible.

Winter Storm Warning — Severe winter weather is expected.

Blizzard Warning — Severe winter weather with sustained winds of at least 35 mph is expected.

Traveler's Advisory — Severe winter conditions may make driving difficult or dangerous.

· Establish procedures for facility shutdown and early release of employees.

· Store food, water, blankets, battery-powered radios with extra batteries and other emergency supplies for employees who become stranded at the facility.

· Provide a backup power source for critical operations.

· Arrange for snow and ice removal from parking lots, walkways, loading docks, etc.