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Winter Storms

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

We actively watch the weather here at SERVPRO of Hannibal. As we enter the winter storm season, here are some reminders and tips.

Watches, Warnings, and Advisories

  • Winter Storm Watch: Be alert, a storm is likely.
  • Winter Storm Warning: Take action, the storm is in or entering the area.
  • Winter Weather Advisory: Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous, especially to motorists.
  • Frost/Freeze Warning: Below freezing temperatures are expected and may cause damage to plants, crops, or fruit trees.
  • Blizzard Warning: Snow and strong winds combined will produce blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill – seek refuge immediately.

Indoor Safety

  • Seal drafts from doors and windows.
  • Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.
  • Close off unused rooms
  • Listen to your radio, television, or NOAA Weather Radio for weather reports and emergency information.

Outdoor Safety

  • Find or build a shelter as protection from the wind.
  • Cover all exposed body parts.
  • Build a fire with rocks around it to absorb and reflect heat and to attract attention.
  • Melt snow for drinking water to avoid dehydration.
  • Avoid overexertion.
  • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extremely cold air.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Avoid walking on ice

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