Severe Winter Weather

Severe winter weather is classified as snow, ice and extremely cold conditions. Winter storms are events in which the dominant varieties of precipitation are forms that occur only at cold temperatures. There were reports of 32 snow and ice events for Franklin County from January 1, 1994 to March 31, 2009, with five deaths, eight injuries and $16.65 million in damages.

Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security would like to offer the following safety preparedness information about winter storms to help keep you and your family safe. 

Snow Emergencies:

Winter Driving:

  • Carry a small emergency kit in your motor vehicle, including a blanket, flashlight, drinking water, snacks, and distress flag or sign.
  • Drive carefully. Even roads that appear dry can be dangerous – a patch of ice can send you sliding out of control.
  • Plan ahead for road trips, including checking the weather forecast for your route the day you plan to leave.

Outdoor Activity:

  • Heart attacks are a major cause of death during and after a snowstorm. If shoveling snow isn’t critical, don’t do it, and if you have to shovel snow, take time to rest often.
  • Dress in several layers of clothes if you’re going to be outside for an extended period.

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