New York City winters, which often bring extreme cold, heavy snow, ice, sleet, and freezing rain, can pose serious hazards.
Winter weather kills hundreds of people in the U.S. each year, primarily due to traffic accidents, fires from improper use of heaters, overexertion, and exposure. Additionally, threats such as hypothermia and frostbite can lead to loss of fingers and toes or cause permanent injury to vital organs.
Nor'easters — coastal storms that combine typical winter storm hazards with high winds and coastal flooding — can knock out power, flood homes and roads, and cause structural damage.
It's important to prepare for winter weather-related dangers. There are several steps you can take to stay safe before, during, and after winter storms.
Winterizing your home and vehicle, supplementing your Go Bag with warm outerwear, and ensuring your Emergency Supply Kit is fully stocked are just some of the preparations you should consider making before winter sets in.