Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

Staying Safe during a
Snowstorm

Snowstorms, freezing rain and cold temperatures can lead to dangerous situations in the winter months. Check out the following Extension resources to learn how to stay safe and warm during a snowstorm.

Home, Health and Travel Tips

Heating and Electricity Concerns

Space heaters, generators, fireplaces, and candles can be used as alternative sources of heat and light, but they can also be dangerous if not used properly. Learn safe ways to use alternative forms of heating and electricity...

Snowstorms and Overloaded Roofs

Snow overloads on roofs can lead to collapses and injuries. Find out more about roof overloads…

Snow and Ice Removal

Stay safe while shoveling and scraping this winter. Learn the proper techniques and tips for snow removal without straining or spraining your muscles. Learn more…

Winter Storm Checklist

Follow the American Red Cross guidelines for winter storm preparedness.

These guidelines suggest, among other things, creating a safety checklist and recommendations for items to purchase before a storm. The site also provides tips on managing supplies during a storm.

Travel Tips

It’s best to avoid traveling during dangerous winter weather. However, if you must travel, be prepared. Our resources link you to road conditions, best practices for driving on snow and ice, and other travel tips. Learn more...

Food Safety

It only takes a few hours for food in your fridge or freezer to go bad during a power outage. WVU Extension Service’s Families and Health program, in partnership with the USDA, can help you keep your freezers full and your food safe with a few simple tips.

Prior to Inclement Weather

At the first news of inclement weather, consider taking the recommend precautionary measures from the USDA. Learn how to prepare…

After a power outage

Once a storm hits, be sure to keep food safety in mind when storing or preparing food. Learn to reduce risks and prevent food illness…

Drinking Water

Most often, the safety of our domestic water supply is of little concern. However, situations may occur when the water supply may be cut off or damaged – like during inclement weather. Learn how to properly store water for use in emergency situations.

Livestock

Learn more about the Effects of Cold Stress on Cattle.

Find out what you need to know about feeding cattle in extreme temperatures.

Prepare now for spring calving season.

Winter Storm Terms

  • Freezing rain – rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees and power lines.
  • Sleet – rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become slippery.
  • Winter storm watch – a winter storm is possible in your area. Tune to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, television, or trusted websites for more information.
  • Winter storm warning – a winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area.
  • Blizzard warning – sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater and considerable amounts of falling or blowing snow are expected to prevail for a period of three hours or longer.
  • Frost/freeze warning – below freezing temperatures are expected.