Blizzard Resources

by Paul Konrardy

Looking for information and resources related to winter weather? Need help dealing with Ol’ Man Winter? The following links can provide you with tips and assistance if the weather is too much for you to handle!

WHN TIP – Be Prepared: Download the Red Cross Emergency app to monitor more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts.

WHN TIP – Get the FEMA App: Download the free FEMA Alert App to get severe weather alerts, maps of disaster resources and other helpful information in case of natural disasters. Information is in English and Spanish and available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices.

Launched in February 2003, Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.

Winter Storm Resource Center
An extensive resource site on winter preparedness, winter driving, snowstorms and more. Fun in the Snow has great activities to do when you’re snowed in. The University of Illinois Extension provides education and information focused on addressing environmental, economic, and societal issues.

Avalanche Awareness
Learn more about avalanches and what precautions to take. The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) archives and distributes digital and analog snow and ice data.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Winter Weather
Learn how to prepare for winter storms, prevent cold-related health problems, and protect yourself during all stages of a winter storm. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a component of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services.

National Weather Service
Find the latest weather reports for your area. Click here for a list of local numbers that you can call for a local forecast in your area. The page lists states by regions: Alaska Region, Central Region, Eastern Region, Southern Region, Western Region. The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas.

Red Cross
Click on Get Help for information about available assistance in case of emergency. The Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

National Home Security Alliance/
The Addressing Winter Weather Hazards In Your Home article has valuable tips for dealing with winter weather. is a resource hub for learning more about hazards around your house or apartment, with data and recommendations to help you keep your home and your family safe.

National Safety Council
Search under “winter” for articles dealing with various winter weather hazards. The National Safety Council is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, international public service organization dedicated to protecting life and promoting health.

Salvation Army
Enter your zip code or city name to find a Salvation Army chapter nearest you. Salvation Army social service programs meet the basic needs of daily life for those without the resources to do so themselves. Often, the programs provide food, shelter, clothing, financial assistance to pay utilities, and other necessities based on the need.

PBS/State-by-State Emergency and Health Department List
Click on your state for a link to your area’s environmental, health, public safety and emergency management departments. PBS and our member stations are America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world. In addition, PBS’s educational media helps prepare children for success in school and opens up the world to them in an age-appropriate way. PBS is a private, nonprofit corporation whose members are America’s public TV stations — noncommercial, educational licensees that operate 350 PBS member stations and serve all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.

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