Each year, Michiganders encounter winter hazards that include icy roads, frostbite, and over-exertion from snow removal.
Citizens may become injured or suffer property damage due to severe winter weather that brings extreme cold, wind, heavy ice, and large amounts of snow.
Severe weather requires Michigan drivers to take extra precautions to ensure safe traveling safely, such as weatherizing their vehicles in the late fall, which includes checking the tire treads, topping off the windshield washing solution, ensuring a proper mix of anti-freeze and water in the coolant system and having an automotive professional check the belts, hoses, tires, battery and coolant.
Citizens can prepare for severe weather by building an emergency preparedness kit, which includes extra blankets and clothes, enough nonperishable food items and water to last three days per person, a first aid kit, medications, pet supplies, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio and extra batteries.
We encourage all to learn more about winter safety and importance of winter emergency preparedness.
On average, a major winter storm hits part of Michigan at least once per month between October and April. Since 1993, twenty-two persons have died as a direct result of severe winter weather. This is in addition to victims of auto accidents due to slippery roads and those who suffer heart attacks while shoveling snow.
Know the difference between a winter storm WATCH (conditions make the storm possible) and winter storm WARNING (the storm is headed for your area).
A blizzard WARNING means strong winds, blinding wind-driven snow, and dangerous wind chill. Avoid driving and seek shelter.