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1 Winter Driving Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

2 Winter Driving Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

3 Winter Driving Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

4 Winter Driving Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

5 Winter Driving Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

6 Winter Driving Tips and information from the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

7 Winter Driving and Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

8 Be Aware! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

9 Be Aware! Winter Storm Watches and Warnings Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

10 Be Aware! Winter Storm Watches and Warnings A winter storm watch indicates that severe winter weather may affect your area. Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

11 Be Aware! Winter Storm Watches and Warnings A winter storm warning indicates that severe winter weather conditions are definitely on the way or are already here. Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

12 Be Aware! Winter Storm Watches and Warnings A winter weather advisory is issued when accumulations of snow or freezing rain/sleet will cause significant inconveniences and, if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations. Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

13 Be Aware! Winter Storm Watches and Warnings A blizzard warning means that large amounts of falling or blowing snow and sustained winds of at least 35 miles per hour are expected for several hours. Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

14 Be Aware! Winter Storm Watches and Warnings When winter weather strikes… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

15 Be Aware! Winter Storm Watches and Warnings When winter weather strikes… if you don’t have to drive, Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

16 Be Aware! Winter Storm Watches and Warnings When winter weather strikes… if you don’t have to drive, DON’T. Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

17 Be Aware! Pay attention to the news. Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

18 Be Aware! Pay attention to the news. Local radio and television stations provide up-to-date weather information. Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

19 Be Aware! Pay attention to the news. Investing in a NOAA weather radio is another way to receive weather and other emergency alerts. Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

20 Be Aware! Pay attention to the news. In addition, the Iowa Department of Transportation offers real-time information on current road conditions on their website... Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

21 Be Aware! Pay attention to the news....or by calling Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

22 Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

23 The leading cause of death during winter storms is Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

24 The leading cause of death during winter storms is transportation accidents. Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

25 Preparing your vehicle for the winter season and knowing how to react if stranded or lost on the road are the keys to safe winter driving. Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

26 Preparing your vehicle for the winter season and knowing how to react if stranded or lost on the road are the keys to safe winter driving. Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

27 Before you drive, have a mechanic check the following items on your car: Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

28 Before you drive, have a mechanic check the following items on your car: Battery Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

29 Before you drive, have a mechanic check the following items on your car: Battery Antifreeze Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

30 Before you drive, have a mechanic check the following items on your car: Battery Antifreeze Wipers/windshield washer fluid Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

31 Before you drive, have a mechanic check the following items on your car: Ignition system Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

32 Before you drive, have a mechanic check the following items on your car: Ignition system Thermostat Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

33 Before you drive, have a mechanic check the following items on your car: Ignition system Thermostat Lights/flashing hazard lights Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

34 Before you drive, have a mechanic check the following items on your car: Exhaust system Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

35 Before you drive, have a mechanic check the following items on your car: Exhaust system Heater/Defroster Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

36 Before you drive, have a mechanic check the following items on your car: Exhaust system Heater/Defroster Brakes Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

37 Before you drive, have a mechanic check the following items on your car: Oil level. Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

38 Before you drive, have a mechanic check the following items on your car: Oil level. If necessary, replace existing oil with a winter grade oil or the SAE 10w/30 weight variety. Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

39 Take the proper precautions to outfit you and your car for winter driving: Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

40 Take the proper precautions to outfit you and your car for winter driving: Install good winter tires. Make sure they have adequate tread. Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

41 Take the proper precautions to outfit you and your car for winter driving: Install good winter tires. Make sure they have adequate tread. Maintain at least half a tank of gas at all times. Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

42 Take the proper precautions to outfit you and your car for winter driving: Plan long trips carefully. Listen to the radio or call 511 for the latest road conditions. Always travel during daylight hours and if possible, do not travel alone. Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

43 Take the proper precautions to outfit you and your car for winter driving: If you must go out during a winter storm, use public transportation. Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

44 Take the proper precautions to outfit you and your car for winter driving: If you must go out during a winter storm, use public transportation. Dress warmly. Wear loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing. Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

45 Keep the following items in your car at all times during the winter months: Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

46 Keep the following items in your car at all times during the winter months: Flashlights and extra batteries Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

47 Keep the following items in your car at all times during the winter months: Flashlights and extra batteries First aid kit with a pocketknife Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

48 Keep the following items in your car at all times during the winter months: Flashlights and extra batteries First aid kit with a pocketknife Necessary medications Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

49 Keep the following items in your car at all times during the winter months: Blankets and/or sleeping bags Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

50 Keep the following items in your car at all times during the winter months: Blankets and/or sleeping bags Extra newspapers for insulation Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

51 Keep the following items in your car at all times during the winter months: Blankets and/or sleeping bags Extra newspapers for insulation Plastic bags (for sanitation) Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

52 Keep the following items in your car at all times during the winter months: Matches Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

53 Keep the following items in your car at all times during the winter months: Matches Extra set of mittens, socks and a wool cap Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

54 Keep the following items in your car at all times during the winter months: Matches Extra set of mittens, socks and a wool cap Rain gear and extra clothes Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

55 Keep the following items in your car at all times during the winter months: Small sack of sand or kitty litter to generate traction under car wheels Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

56 Keep the following items in your car at all times during the winter months: Small sack of sand or kitty litter to generate traction under car wheels Small shovel and other tools (screwdriver, pliers, wrench) Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

57 Keep the following items in your car at all times during the winter months: Jumper cables Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

58 Keep the following items in your car at all times during the winter months: Jumper cables Brightly-colored cloth (red is best) to use as a flag Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

59 Keep the following items in your car at all times during the winter months: Jumper cables Brightly-colored cloth (red is best) to use as a flag Canned fruits/nuts and non-electric can opener Bottled water Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

60 Keep the following items in your car at all times during the winter months: Jumper cables Brightly-colored cloth (red is best) to use as a flag Canned fruits/nuts and non-electric can opener Bottled water Be Ready, BEFORE You Drive! Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

61 If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

62 Stay in the car. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

63 Stay in the car. Do not leave to search for assistance unless help is visible within 100 yards. You may become disoriented and lost in blowing and drifting snow. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

64 Hang a brightly-colored cloth on the radio antenna and raise the hood to draw attention. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

65 Do minor exercises to keep up circulation. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

66 Do minor exercises to keep up circulation. Clap hands and move arms and legs. Try not to stay in one position for too long. If more than one person is in the car, take turns sleeping. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

67 Avoid overexertion. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

68 Avoid overexertion. Cold weather puts an added strain on the heart. Unaccustomed exercise like snow shoveling or pushing a car can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

69 Run the engine occasionally to keep warm. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

70 Run the engine occasionally to keep warm. Turn the engine on for about 10 minutes each hour. Run the heater and turn on the dome light while the engine is running. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

71 Run the engine occasionally to keep warm. Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow, and open a downwind window slightly for ventilation. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

72 For warmth, huddle together. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

73 Frostbite and Hypothermia If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

74 Frostbite Frostbite is a severe reaction to cold exposure that can be permanently damaging. Symptoms include: loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in fingers, toes, nose or earlobes. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

75 Hypothermia Hypothermia can be brought on when the body temperature drops below 90 degrees Fahrenheit. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

76 Hypothermia Symptoms include: uncontrollable shivering, slow speech, memory lapses, stumbling, drowsiness and exhaustion. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

77 If frostbite or hypothermia is suspected… If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

78 If frostbite or hypothermia is suspected… Begin warming the person slowly and seek immediate medical assistance. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

79 If frostbite or hypothermia is suspected… Warm the person’s trunk first. Use your own body heat to help. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

80 If frostbite or hypothermia is suspected… Arms and legs should be warmed last because stimulation of the limbs can drive cold blood to the heart and lead to heart failure. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

81 If frostbite or hypothermia is suspected… Put the person in dry clothing and wrap their entire body in a blanket. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

82 Never give a frostbite or hypothermia victim something with caffeine or alcohol in it. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

83 Never give a frostbite or hypothermia victim something with caffeine or alcohol in it. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

84 Never give a frostbite or hypothermia victim something with caffeine or alcohol in it. If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

85 If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Never give a frostbite or hypothermia victim something with caffeine or alcohol in it. Caffeine, a stimulant, can cause the heart to beat faster and alcohol, a depressant, can slow the heart. Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

86 If You Get Trapped DURING a Blizzard… Never give a frostbite or hypothermia victim something with caffeine or alcohol in it. Both can hasten the ill effects of cold body temperatures. Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division

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