Winter Weather Preparedness, Cybersecurity Protections, and Home Fires
November – December 2022
Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms including blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and high winds.
- Winter Safety Social Media Toolkit
- Winter Storm Information Sheet (PDF)
- National Weather Service
- American Red Cross
- What to do during a blizzard (Video)
- What to do if you’re stuck on the road (Video)
- How to prepare for winter storm (Video)
- Power Outages and Indoor Air Quality (EPA)
Winter Weather Preparedness Week for Virginia is November 28 – December 2nd, 2022
Please join us in promoting winter weather safety during this year’s “Winter Weather Preparedness Week”. The National Weather Service asks emergency management, public safety officials, local media and Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors to help join forces in improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather during the winter weather season.
For the week’s event by Weather.gov, click here.
Cybersecurity Protections During Online Holiday Shopping
Cyberattacks are malicious attempts to access or damage a computer or network system. Cyberattacks can lead to the loss of money or the theft of personal, financial and medical information. These attacks can damage your reputation and safety.
Cybersecurity involves preventing, detecting and responding to those cyberattacks that can have wide-ranging effects on individuals, organizations, the community and the nation.
- Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
- Cyberattack Information Sheet (PDF)
- DHS Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign
- Protective Actions Research for Cyberattacks
- Federal Bureau of Investigation: Cyber Crime
- National Cyber Security Alliance, a non-profit organization empowering a more secure interconnected world.
- iKeepSafe provides a safe digital landscape for children, schools and families.
- iSafe certifies digital products as compliant with state and federal requirements for handling protected personal information.
A fire can become life-threatening in just two minutes. A residence can be engulfed in flames in five minutes.
Learn About Fires
- Fire is FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.
- Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.
- Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.
- Fire is DEADLY! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy.
For more information from Ready.gov, click here.