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Posted on: November 2, 2020

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Are You Ready For Winter?

Winter in Minnesota can be described in many ways, but unpredictable isn't one of them.

At some point, it will snow and temperatures will drop below zero. There will be ice on the roads. High winds will raise the risk of being outdoors from hazardous to life-threatening.

The best way to avoid the hazards is to stay warm and cozy indoors, but it's tough to stay cooped up for months - and even staying indoors for long periods carries risks. Problems can arise with indoor air, and fire risks increase dramatically in the winter.

Are you ready for it? Do you know how to stay warm, safe and happy all winter?

Well, fear not. Surviving - even enjoying - the winter season is not as hard as it looks to the uninitiated.

To help Minnesotans and visitors handle winter-weather threats and minimize the risks of winter, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, in collaboration with the National Weather Service and other state, federal, and non-profit agencies, sponsors Winter Hazard Awareness Week each fall.

The campaign kicks off in early November with Winter Hazardous Awareness Week, and continues through the season with updates, timely facts and tips. Web links will address some of the most common topics and will contain tips, fact sheets, data and links to additional resources. 

2020 Winter Hazardous Awareness Week Fact Sheet

National Weather Service's web catalogue on winter weather

November 9, 2020 through November 13, 2020 is Winter Hazardous Awareness Week.  The week-long effort provides specific information each day that can be used in conjunction with school, church, or civic programs.

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