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Winter Storms

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Propane Conservation
Colder tem​​peratures mean higher consumption of propane; with an unusually cold winter, as​ has been occurring lately, propane usage is even higher than normal. As consumption has been going up, the national propane supply has been quickly depleting causing propane prices to soar. Find out how you can conserve your propane supply using these simple tips. Read more...



Car and tractor in snow
Picture taken by S. Cain

Win​ter Storms Photo Gallery

Winter 2007, White County Indiana​

General Winter Safety​

FEMA: Winter Driving

How to Stay Safe around Ice-Covered Trees (PDF: 32 KB)
Each iced tree situation needs careful assessment before you do anything. Sometimes, it's better to do nothing, especially if the situation is beyond your skills. (Source: University of Maine Extension)

Ice Safety (PDF: 473 KB)
Ice fishing, sledding, snowmobile riding, ice skating, downhill skiing and cross-country skiing are just some of the most popular winter sports. With these activities come safety precautions, especially when ice over water is involved. (Source: Ohio State University Extension)

Snow Blower Safety
Depending on snow levels, experts estimate 4,000 to 6,000 injuries per year from snow blowers. These potentially dangerous machines need to be used carefully and with respect for their moving parts. (Source: North Dakota State University Extension)

Ice Dams
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas. (Source: University of Minnesota Extension)

Portable Generator Hazards (PDF)
Portable generators are useful when temporary or remote electric power is needed, but they can also be hazardous. (Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission)

Keeping Food Safe During Emergencies
This publication discusses how to handle foods before, during, and after an emergency to keep them safe and to avoid food poisoning. (Source: Purdue Extension)

Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes
This American Red Cross information tells how to prevent water pipes in the home from freezing, and how to thaw them if they do freeze. (Source: American Red Cross)

Winter Weather: Indoor Safety
This information from the Centers for Disease Control offers many tips on staying safe within the home. (Source: CDC)

Winter Storms: The Deceptive Killers (PDF 1.27 MB)
A brochure packed with useful information including winter storm facts, how to detect frostbite and hypothermia, what to do in a winter storm, and how to be prepared. (Source: National Weather Service)


Winter Planning and Preparation

Factsheet: Ten Things to Prepare for Winter Storms (PDF: 43 KB)
This factsheet will help you learn ten tips on how to prepare yourself, your home and your family for the upcoming winter weather. (Source: Purdue Extension and FEMA).

Tree Windbreaks for Farms and Homes (PDF: 17.3 MB)
Evergreen windbreaks can block up to 75% of the winter wind around the home, resulting in a reduction in winter heating costs up to 15-25%. Learn more about the benefits of windbreaks, how to create a windbreak plan and proper preparation of the planting site. (Source: Purdue Extension)

Wind and Snow Control for the Farmstead
The cold, strong winds and large snowfalls of recent Midwest winters have caused many farm families to re-evaluate the need for "controlling" these energy-wasting disturbances

Hoosier Farmland Wildlife Notes: Windbreaks for Farms and Wildlife (PDF: 114 KB)
A home or farmstead windbreak is a strip of vegetation, generally consisting of multiple rows of trees and/or shrubs that shelters a residence and related structures from the negative effects of wind. (Source: Purdue Extension)

Factsheet: Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes (PDF: 22 KB)
Before the onset of cold weather, it is important to prevent freezing of water supply lines and pipes. This fact sheet provides information and suggestions about how to prevent water pipes in the home from freezing and how to thaw them if they do freeze. (Source: American Red Cross)

Attention Freezer Owners
During power outages, the safety of your food may be comprised. This article gives tips and suggestions to reduce your risk. (Source: Ohio State University)

When the Power Goes Off
Helpful information on dealing with protecting your food during power outages. (Source: University of Missouri Extension)


Recovery

Chain Saw Safety (Source: University of Arkansas Extension)
Think before rushing to clean up trees and shrubs after the storm, check your Chain Saw Safety (PDF: 179 KB) first.

Storms and Trees
Ice and windstorms take a toll on trees, utility wires, and homes every year. Reducing storm damage can be done through a few easy steps: planning, proper pruning and preventing root damage. (Source: Purdue Extension)

Winter Injury of Ornamentals
Extreme cold, drying winds, bright sunlight or a sudden drop in temperature are common causes of winter injury to trees and shrubs. (Source: Purdue Extension)

Check Sewer Vents for Ice Accumulations
If areas of your home are beginning to smell like a sewer, it may be your house's way of telling you some of its vital systems aren't working properly. (Source: North Dakota State University Extension)

Solve Winter Home Moisture Problems
Humidity in the warm air of your house will condense on cold surfaces just as humid summer air condenses on the outside of the glass holding your icy beverage. (Source: North Dakota State University Extension Service)

 

Turf Grasses & Winter Weather

Gray Snow Mold (PDF: 225 KB)
Gray snow mold affects all cold season turf grass species in areas where extended periods of snow cover occur. (Source: Purdue Extension)

Pink Snow Mold (PDF: 202 KB)
Pink snow mold is a disease that may affect all cool-season turf grasses but appears to be the most damaging to creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass on golf courses. (Source: Purdue Extension)


Winter Weater Education for Kids

Billy and Maria Learn About Winter Weather: Part 1 (PDF: 287 KB)
A printable coloring book describing the steps of preparing a disaster supply kit. (Source: NOAA)

Billy and Maria Learn About Winter Weather: Part 2 (PDF: 205 KB)
A printable coloring book about how snowflakes are made and frostbite. (Source: NOAA)

Billy and Maria Learn about Winter Weather: Part 3 (PDF: 184 KB)
A printable coloring book about how winter storms develop and hypothermia. (Source: NOAA) ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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