Severe winter weather can lead to property damage, illness or injury, and possible business closures.
The following checklist will help you identify the areas of your business that are most susceptible to winter hazards. To minimize damage and recover quicker following a winter storm, it is a good idea to develop a plan of action for your business and staff. Below you will find critical information and preparedness tools to assist in protecting your business and the most critical element of your business ― your people.
Winter storms may range from a moderate snow in a short amount of time to a blizzard lasting for days. Some storms are regional and may affect several states, while others are more localized, depending upon geography and terrain. Common characteristics of winter storms are dangerously low temperatures, strong winds, ice, sleet, and freezing rain.
Starting this year, big winter storms in the U.S. will be named, just like hurricanes. The Weather Channel will name noteworthy winter storms to better communicate the threat and the timing of the significant impacts that accompany these events.
Know the Terms:
- Winter storm watch — be alert, a storm is likely
- Winter storm warning — take action, the storm is in or entering the area
- Blizzard warning — snow and strong winds combined will produce blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts, and life threatening wind chill – seek refuge immediately!
- Winter weather advisory — 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