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The Global Warming Hoax is Now Killing People

By Friday, February 10th, an estimated 500 Europeans had died from the freezing weather gripping the continent. This is the price they and British citizens are paying for embracing the global warming hoax, spending billions for wind power when they should have been building coal-fired and other sources of energy to heat their homes and businesses.

As the British daily, The Telegraph, reported on Friday, “Serbia has started implementing power cuts in a desperate bid to stave off the collapse of its national grid as the country suffers the effects of days of freezing temperatures.”

I and others have been warning for years that the Earth has been cooling since 1998 and that the planet is on the cusp of a new ice age because the average length of an interglacial period of warmth between such ages is now coming to an end after the passage of some 11,500 years.

All aspects of global warming legislation and spending programs must be utterly reversed if we are not going to see huge losses of life and the disruption of entire economies.

The Ottawa Citizen published an Agence France Presse article on Friday reporting that “Thick ice closed vast swaths of the Danube on Thursday, crippling shipping on Europe’s busiest waterway, as the death toll from bitter cold across the continent rose…as it has every day for nearly two weeks.” The report noted that “Navigation was impossible or restricted in Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria, as ice covered the river or formed dangerous floes in shipping lanes.”

No shipping means no delivery of coal and oil and no shipping of food and other necessities. Europe is freezing over as the United States has been experiencing an unusually mild winter thus far. That, too, is likely to yield to the increased cooling of the planet and then, maybe, Americans will realize the threat to their lives that the closing of coal-fired plants, instigated by the Environmental Protection Agency, really means.

In England, the Mail, reported on Sunday, February 12th, that large numbers of its elderly citizens are being “frozen to death as fuel bills soar: hypothermia cases among the elderly double in five years.” England, now gripped by foolish green notions of renewable energy, has covered itself with wind turbines, despoiling its countryside and coasts while proving unreliable and incapable of meeting its energy needs.

Figures showed that “1,876 patients were treated in hospital for hypothermia in 2010-2011, up from 950 in 2006-2007” reported the Mail. “Three-quarters of victims were pensioners, with cases soaring among the over-60s more than any other age group.”

In Europe, other news organizations reported that “Many of the dead were homeless people, who literally froze to death as the temperatures dropped to minus 50 degrees in some parts of the continent. Their bodies were found in the streets buried under snow, in rivers, and in doorways. Dozens of people were also killed in weather-related accidents.”

Writing in a Turkish newspaper, the Hurriyet Daily News, Sophie Quintin Adali, an analyst for a project of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, said, “As if the debt crisis weren’t bad enough news, the climate freeze sweeping across Europe is wreaking havoc by severely disrupting travel, business and people’s lives. Local authorities, indeed whole countries, are caught poorly prepared.” Turkey is experiencing record snowfall and low temperatures.

“The lack of readiness should come as no surprise because for decades the sensationalist message of global warming has dominated the public area,” said Ms. Adali.

“Politicians and decades of political environmentalism have a lot to answer for,” said Ms. Adali. “The man-made climate theory…is still supported by a mighty European Union bureaucracy and a green network addicted to public funds.” Even now, the Green Climate Fund “through which millions of taxpayer’s money will still be disbursed” is threatening the lives and the economy of people worldwide.

The current freeze is not just affecting Europe, but reaching across the Mediterranean to North African nations. And at some point America will feel it too.

We have not built a single new nuclear plant in America since 1978. EPA rules are forcing the closure of coal-fired plants throughout the nation. The national grid for the distribution of electricity is in need of upgrades.

The nation’s policies are controlled by the most environmentally insane administration in its history, wasting billions on so-called green energy. Its new budget raises taxes and proposes a trillion-dollar deficit without any significant effort to cut the spending that has left this and future generations in debt while the price of gas soars to new heights.

America and the rest of the world have been horribly deceived by the United Nations Intergovernmental Climate Change Panel that continues to drive the global warming hoax. The lying scientists who got on the global warming gravy train, the politicians that embraced it, and the media that misled millions are all culpable, all responsible.

They should be driven from office, defunded, and chased through the streets like villagers in pursuit of Frankenstein.

People are freezing to death in their homes and in the streets. What will it take to drive a stake into the heart of the global warming monster? ... lling.html

Tragedy unfolding in Europe – Is U.S. media trying to ignore it?

“The cold snap in Europe, which began in late January, has killed hundreds and brought deep snow where it hasn’t been seen in decades,” says this article in the Seattle Times.

This should be front page news. Instead, the article doesn’t appear until page eight. And the title, “At least 3 killed in avalanche in Kosovo,” belies the seriousness of the situation. (The print version carries a different headline: “Cold snap, snow lock down Europe.”)

How about a headline that tells it like it is?

140,000 trapped by snow – Death toll rises past 550.

That headline would give readers a glimpse of what’s really happening in Europe, where snow drifts reaching above the rooftops have kept tens of thousands of villagers prisoners in their own homes.

Now, I’ll admit that once you get past the ho-hum headline and down to the third paragraph, the Seattle Times article gets to the harsh truth.

You learn that in Montenegro, “the heaviest snow in 63 years sealed off hundreds of villages, shut down roads and railways and closed the main airport.” And you learn that “It was the biggest snowfall in the capital since 1949.”

You also learn that “boat traffic on the frozen Danube river — one of Europe’s key waterways — has been unable to move for the longest time in recent memory.” (Italics added.)

The rest of the article is quite informative, and I appreciate that.

But it’s that “cold snap” thing that bugs me.

Did all of the world’s journalists go to “cold snap” school?

If temperatures go up by a hundredth of a degree they scream “global warming.” But if, heaven forbid, it’s record cold and record snow? “Well, let’s just call it a cold snap.”

Would you call it a “cold snap” when more than 100 vessels become trapped in icy waters of the Sea of Azov? That’s what Reuters called it. “A fierce cold snap with temperatures of about -25C (-13 F) caused large parts of the Azov Sea to freeze,” said Reuters.

Would you call it a “cold snap” when more than 2,000 roads in Turkey are blocked by heavy snows? That’s what the Google News headline announced. The article itself was very good, speaking of brutal cold and record low temperatures, but – “cold snap”?

Would you call it a “cold snap” when people have to cut tunnels through 15 feet of snow to get out of their homes? “Eastern Europe has been pummeled by a record-breaking cold snap,” says this otherwise great AP article. ... ignore-it/

Emergency food flown into stranded European towns

BUCHAREST, Romania — Military planes and police helicopters flew in tons of emergency food to snowbound villages and ships in the Balkans on Monday, after blizzards so fierce that some people had to cut tunnels through 15 feet (4 meters) of snow to get out of their homes.

Since the end of January, Eastern Europe has been pummeled by a record-breaking cold snap and the heaviest snowfall in recent memory. Hundreds of people, many of them homeless, have died in the bitter cold and tens of thousands have been trapped by blocked roads inside homes with little heat.

Authorities declared a state of emergency Monday in eastern Romania, where 6,000 people have been cut off for days. About a dozen major roads were closed, 300 trains canceled and more than 1,000 schools shut down.

In addition to the flights, the defense ministry also sent 8,000 soldiers out clearing roads across Romania and helping those trapped by the overwhelming snow.

Emergency officials in Serbia used helicopters to deliver food and evacuate sailors stuck on icebound boats on the Danube river near the town of Smederevo. They also resupplied a Danube island near Pancevo, north of the capital of Belgrade.

Scores of flights across the region were canceled. The airport in the southern Romanian city of Craiova was closed after a plane carrying 48 people skidded during takeoff Monday and landed in a pile of snow, breaking its propellers. A female passenger broke her leg after she jumped from the plane.

President Traian Basescu tried to assure Romanians the country has enough energy supplies to prevent shortages but said the government was deciding whether to stop exporting energy, which national energy company Transelectrica wants to do.

A tugboat on the Danube river, one of Europe's key waterways, was breaking up ice between the ports of Sulina and Tulcea in eastern Romania. The boat was also bringing in food to remote villages in the Danube Delta, where supplies have been affected after 700 kilometers (440 miles) of the river froze over last week. The Danube winds 1,785 miles (2,872 kilometers) through nine European countries to the Black Sea.

In Serbia, tens of thousands are still stranded by the snow, while schools and most businesses stayed closed for a second week due to emergency measures to save energy.

An avalanche hit western Serbia late Sunday near the artificial lake of Perucac, sweeping away a man as his wife and child waited in the car nearby. Rescuers say divers would look for the man in the lake.

In Montenegro, rescuers started evacuating some 50 passengers who have been stranded for three days on a train that was blocked inside a tunnel by an avalanche. So far, a little girl and two elderly people have been pulled out and evacuated by helicopter.

Rescuers in southern Kosovo over the weekend pulled a 5-year-old girl alive from the rubble of a house flattened by a massive avalanche that killed both her parents and at least seven relatives. Her home in the remote mountain village of Restelica was buried under 33 feet (10 meters) of snow.

In the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, the roof of the Grbavica stadium partially collapsed Monday under the weight of heavy snow but no one was injured. It was the second stadium roof collapse in Sarajevo in as many days.

Bosnia has been paralyzed with record snowfall for over a week. Temperatures as low as minus 22 Celsius (minus 8 Fahrenheit) have made it difficult to clear the snow.

Even regions far from the Balkans have been affected by the deep freeze. North of Paris, icebreakers made their way Monday through the frozen Canal St. Denis.

Read more here: ... rylink=cpy

Heavy snowfall in Tunisia

Roads in Ain Draham blocked by 31 inches (80 cm) of snow – Star Wars movie towns covered in snow.
Several regions in Tunisia continue to combat the intense cold wave across the northwest of the country, where temperatures have plunged to minus five degrees Celsius.

Snowfall in Ain Draham mounted up to 31 inches (80 cm) and four people died in a local hospital that became isolated.

Hundreds of people have been cut off from more rural parts of Ain Draham as the heavy snowfall has blocked roads and prevented aid from reaching residents

Snow blocks in tens of thousands as cold death toll rises

Snow drifts reaching up to rooftops kept tens of thousands of villagers prisoners in their own homes Saturday as the death toll from Europe's big freeze rose past 550.

More heavy snow fell on the Balkans and in Italy, while the Danube river, already closed to shipping for hundreds of kilometres (miles) because of thick ice, froze over in Bulgaria for the first time in 27 years.

Montenegro's capital of Podgorica was brought to a standstill by snow 50 centimetres (20 inches) deep, a 50-year record, closing the city's airport and halting rail services to Serbia because of an avalanche.

Eight more people were reported to have died in Romania, taking the toll for the country to 65, three in Serbia, one in the Czech Republic and one in Austria.

Polish fire brigade spokesman Pawel Fratcak said Saturday that defective heating had triggered a spate of deadly blazes in houses and apartments, with eight people killed on Friday night and three the night before.

New Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu and his defence and interior ministers, who were sworn in only on Thursday, flew by helicopter to the eastern Buzau region, one of the worst hit, on Saturday. ... 32037.html

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Drought Reduces Mexico’s Agricultural Production by 40%

MEXICO CITY – The severe drought affecting 22 of Mexico’s 32 states has caused a 40 percent drop in agricultural production, opening the way for food shortages over the next few months, the National Peasants Confederation, or CNC, said.

The assistance promised by President Felipe Calderon’s administration to those affected by the 9-month-old drought is insufficient, the CNC, Mexico’s main peasant organization and an ally of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, said in a statement.

President Felipe Calderon has vowed to do everything within the government’s power to help those suffering from the drought.

Calderon ordered the disbursement last month of 33.82 billion pesos (about $2.5 billion) to help states in central and northern Mexico affected by the drought.

The funds will be used to fix and improve the systems that supply water to residents of drought-stricken areas, as well as to provide food to communities affected by the natural disaster.

The Indians living in the Sierra Tarahumara region of the northern state of Chihuahua are among the groups most affected by Mexico’s worst drought in 71 years. ... ryId=14091

Severe drought could blight Britain in the summer after driest winter on record, experts warn

Britain is facing a severe drought this summer after the driest winter on record, experts have warned.

Without heavy rainfall in the immediate future, extreme water shortages could hit many parts of the country - causing parched landscapes, rivers drying up and hosepipe bans in the summer.

Such conditions would have a huge knock-on effect for farmers, food production, tourism and local wildlife.

The impending crisis has been building for the past 18 months - reservoirs were already low at the beginning of last year, and 2011 was the driest year in England and Wales for 90 years.

Rivers have already dried up in several areas - and agency workers have been forced to rescue fish stranded in pools, moving them to areas where water is flowing.

Ian Baker, head of water, land and biodiversity at the Agency, said: 'Across the Midlands, East Anglia and the South East we have had exceptionally low rainfall over the last five months, following on from a dry Spring in 2011.

'In East Anglia, soils are still very dry so they are not soaking up the rainfall. Ground water levels are very low and most of the rivers rely on ground water to keep them flowing.

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Snow piled 10 metres high along Japanese road

We've dodged much of winter's wrath in Canada with higher than normal temperatures and smaller amounts of snow this year. The same can't be said for other parts of the world.

A cold snap returned to Japan this week bringing blizzards and creating record snow piles in some areas. The city of Niigata in central Japan has already seen 13 feet of snow and the weather agency is predicting up to 25 additional inches over the next few days, reports WFMY News. The village of Okura has received more than 10 feet of the white stuff and the Hokuriku area received three feet in less than 24 hours.

It is no wonder this road in Japan has massive snow walls on both sides. The video below shows footage from a bus travelling up the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Snow is as high as 10 metres above the road in some spots. ... 42554.html

Atacama city on flood alert after unusual desert rains

February 13, 2012 — San Pedro de Atacama, Chile (Reuters) World's driest place hit by unusually heavy rains

A Chilean city located in the world's driest desert was on yellow alert for flooding Monday (February 13) after unusually heavy rain on Saturday (February 11) and Sunday (February 12) sent area rivers flooding over their banks.

Tourists and other visitors to the area admired the abnormally powerful force of the habitually low-flowing Loa River, Chile's longest which cuts through the Atacama Desert as it makes its way from the Andes Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.

"It is impressive. I think it something you don't see every day," one visitor said.

Officials have warned residents of the small city of about 5,000 located on a desert plateau, that water level in a number of area rivers continues to rise and could cause more damage in the city which has already seen an undetermined number of homes affected. ... _category2

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Attacks May Escalate Covert Israel-Iran War

U.S. officials and defense analysts are concerned that a covert war of assassinations between Israel and Iran could escalate out of control.

“Things are heating up and there is a surge” of assassination attempts, Matthew Levitt, a former U.S. Treasury Department official and now director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said in a telephone interview.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday blamed Iran for car bombings of Israeli diplomatic vehicles in New Delhi and the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. The attacks come after the deaths of several Iranian nuclear scientists, the most recent in a Jan. 11 car bombing in Tehran that Iran said Israel had orchestrated.

Israeli leaders have said time is running out for sanctions to deter Iran from developing nuclear weapons and have not ruled out a military strike. The U.S. and its allies have tightened economic restrictions on Iran while seeking to avert a military conflagration in a region that holds more than half of global oil reserves.

The attacks came a day after the fourth anniversary of the killing of Imad Mughniyeh, who was a leader of the military wing of the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah movement, which Israel and the U.S consider a terrorist organization. ... -safe.html

Israel accuses Iran of bombings in Georgia, India while Iran rejects claims

Assailants targeted Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia in near-simultaneous strikes Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed on archenemy Iran and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah. Iran denied responsibility for the attacks.

The bombs, which wounded four people, threatened to ratchet up already high tensions between Iran, which has been accused of developing a nuclear weapons program, and Israel, which says such a program would be an existential threat to the Jewish state.

The violence came as recent comments by Israeli officials have raised concerns Israel might be preparing an imminent strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. U.S. and other Western countries have been pressing Israel to give sanctions more time.

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Israeli attack on Iran would be complex operation

If Israel attacked Iran's nuclear facilities, the strike would probably take the form of a complex air assault involving scores of planes that would have to penetrate Iranian air defenses and attack up to a couple of dozen targets simultaneously, analysts say.

"This would be way more sophisticated than anything that's ever been done before," said Charles Wald, a retired Air Force general who led the coalition air campaign in Afghanistan that helped topple the Taliban.

By contrast, Israel's strike on Iraq's Osiraq nuclear reactor in 1981 and an attack in Syria in 2007 were simpler operations that required Israel to hit a single above-ground target. Neither country had sophisticated air defense capabilities.

There would be nothing "surgical" in a strike on Iranian facilities, Wald said.

Iranians have learned from Israeli attacks in Syria and Iraq, Wald said. Iran's nuclear facilities are dispersed throughout the country, some of which are being hardened to withstand bomb blasts, said Colin Kahl, a Georgetown professor and former Pentagon official overseeing Middle East policy. Pilots would face a network of radar and anti-aircraft missiles designed to protect Iran's airspace.

Middle East analysts say it is difficult to predict precisely how any attack might unfold. ... 53083160/1

Fresh violence in Syria as U.N. warns of civil war

Syrian government forces renewed their assault on the rebellious city of Homs on Tuesday, activists said, as the U.N. human rights chief raised fears of civil war.

Troops loyal to President Bashar Assad have been shelling Homs for more than a week to retake parts of the city captured by rebel forces. Hundreds are believed to have been killed since last Saturday, and the humanitarian conditions in the city were worsening.

Homs was under "brutal shelling" on Tuesday, the Local Coordination Committees activist group said, citing its network of witnesses on the ground.

With diplomatic efforts bogged down, the conflict in Syria is taking on the dimensions of a civil war, with army defectors clashing almost daily with soldiers.

U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay warned on Monday that the Security Council's failure to take action has emboldened the Syrian government to launch an all-out assault.

The uprising began last March as mostly peaceful protests against Assad's authoritarian rule, but has become more militarized in the face of the brutal military crackdown. ... titialskip

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Now they are trying to play down the lethality of H5N1

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The fatality rate for officially confirmed human cases of H5N1 avian influenza infection is a stunningly high 59 per cent (345 deaths in 584 cases). But the current controversy over publishing data about transmissible H5N1 viruses has revived a debate about whether the virus is as lethal as those numbers say. Some proponents of publishing the full details of 2 studies involving H5N1 viruses that spread by airborne droplets in ferrets say the true case fatality proportion is probably much lower because, they suspect, many mild or asymptomatic cases have gone undetected. If the real number of infections -- the denominator -- is much higher, the percentage of fatal cases drops. Some have suggested that the real fatality rate is "orders of magnitude" lower. This argument, however, swims against the tide of scientific findings. ... 702832:::::

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Health authorities have admitted to overreacting to a health scare at Auckland Airport but say it's better to be safe than sorry. They swung into action after it was suspected dozens of Japanese students who had just landed had contracted the flu. While ambulance staff were ready for the worst, the students at the centre of the scare came through the arrival gates wondering what all the fuss was about. Their flight, NZ90 from Tokyo, was halted on the tarmac just after 9 am this morning [13 Feb 2012], with 73 of the Japanese homestay students onboard suspected of carrying an unknown strain of influenza.

One passenger on the flight said there were air staff everywhere, all wearing masks, "just sort of shepherding us to different places". Passengers were left wondering why authorities took 2 hours to board the plane when they were told 2 hours before landing there was an issue. A woman passenger said it was "just confusion", and nobody knew what was happening. She said paramedics were uncoordinated in the way they were checking passengers' temperatures and pulses. She said even the captain kept coming on the intercom telling people how sorry he was, that he had no idea what the situation was, or when they could get off the plane. She said ground staff panicked when he told them he had "a bit of a cold". ... 702832:::::

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Moody's downgrades Italy, Portugal, Spain

France, Britain and Austria keep their top ratings, but outlook dropped to "negative"

Ratings agency Moody's Investor Service on Monday downgraded its credit ratings on Italy, Portugal and Spain, while France, Britain and Austria kept their top ratings but had their outlooks dropped to "negative" from "stable."

Moody's also cut its ratings on the smaller nations of Slovakia, Slovenia and Malta. All nine countries are members of the European Union.

The agency said it took the actions due to the uncertainty over EU financial reforms, the region's weak economic outlook and the resulting pressure on fragile markets. Government debt ratings can play a major role in countries' borrowing costs because they often lead to higher interest rates that must be paid to offset investors taking on greater risk.

Moody's moves were less severe than those taken last month by rival ratings agency Standard & Poor's, which downgraded nine European countries, including stripping France and Austria of their AAA status. Fitch ratings downgraded Italy, Spain, Belgium, Cyprus and Slovenia last month. ... grade.html

Athens Shaken by Riots After Vote for Austerity

The acrid stench of tear gas permeated central Athens on Monday and the husks of burnt-out buildings still smoldered after a night of rioting following the Greek Parliament’s vote to approve austerity measures in exchange for more rescue financing.

In the aftermath, municipal workers were sweeping up broken glass while Greek political leaders were surveying the damage to their parties following the expulsion of dozens of lawmakers from their parties, after the legislators had broken ranks ahead of early national elections. On Monday, the government spokesman, Pantelis Kapsis, said the elections would be held in April.

About 150 stores were vandalized and looted, and about 45 buildings — including neo-Classical structures, two historic movie theaters, banks and cafes — were seriously burned, many beyond repair, according to the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The chamber estimated losses in the “tens of millions” of dollars. The public order minister, Christos Papoutsis, called the damage part of “an organized plan of arson and looting.”

More than 80,000 people came out to protest peacefully on Sunday, before scores of violent hooded protesters hijacked the demonstration. A spokesman for the Athens police said Monday that 74 people had been arrested and 92 others briefly detained, after scores of violent protesters scuffled with police and hurled gasoline bombs into buildings.

The spokesman said that 104 police officers had been injured in the riots, but gave no injury figures for demonstrators, though the ambulance service said there had been dozens.

As he stood in a smoldering shopping arcade, Dimitris Arvanitis, 56, a doorman, described how rioters tore open the steel shutters of shops and threw in a series of gasoline bombs. “It felt like war,” he said. “I could not believe I was in Athens. I have never seen this in my almost 60 years of life, and I have been working here all my life.” ... &ref=world

Magnitude 5.1 quake rattles Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greek authorities say an earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.1 has struck the north of the country. No injuries or damage were immediately reported. ... 53086202/1

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Archaeologists strike Biblical gold with discovery of the Queen of Sheba's fabled mines

British archaeologists have struck gold with a discovery that may solve the mystery of where the Queen of Sheba unearthed her fabled treasures.

According to the Bible, the ruler of Sheba, which spanned modern-day Ethiopa and Yemen, travelled to King Solomon in Jerusalem, bringing 120 talents (four-and-half tons) of gold.

Now an ancient goldmine, together with the ruins of a temple, has been found on the high Gheralta plateau in northern Ethiopia, part of the Queen's former territory.

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Winter Weather Checklists

Stock up on emergency supplies for communication, food, safety, heating, and car in case a storm hits.

Communication Checklist
•Make sure you have at least one of the following in case there is a power failure: ◦Battery-powered radio (for listening to local emergency instructions). Have extra batteries.

◦National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio receiver (for listening to National Weather Service broadcasts). See for more information.

•Find out how your community warns the public about severe weather: ◦Siren

•Listen to emergency broadcasts.
•Know what winter storm warning terms mean: ◦Winter weather advisory: expect winter weather conditions to cause inconvenience and hazards.
◦Frost/freeze warning: expect below-freezing temperatures.
◦Winter storm watch: be alert; a storm is likely.
◦Winter storm warning: take action; the storm is in or entering the area.
◦Blizzard warning: seek refuge immediately! Snow and strong winds, near-zero visibility, deep snow drifts, and life-threatening wind chill.

Download this checklist.

Food and Safety Checklist

Have a week’s worth of food and safety supplies. If you live far from other people, have more supplies on hand.
•Drinking water
•Canned/no-cook food (bread, crackers, dried fruits)
•Non-electric can opener
•Baby food and formula (if baby in the household)
•Prescription drugs and other medicine
•First-aid kit
•Rock-salt to melt ice on walkways
•Supply of cat litter or bag of sand to add traction on walkways
•Flashlight and extra batteries
•Battery-powered lamps or lanterns
(To prevent the risk of fire, avoid using candles.)
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Water Checklist

Keep a water supply. Extreme cold can cause water pipes in your home to freeze and sometimes break.
•Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.
•Keep the indoor temperature warm.
•Allow more heated air near pipes. Open kitchen cabinet doors under the kitchen sink.
•If your pipes do freeze, do not thaw them with a torch. Thaw the pipes slowly with warm air from an electric hair dryer.
•If you cannot thaw your pipes, or if the pipes have broken open, use bottled water or get water from a neighbor’s home.
•Have bottled water on hand.
•In an emergency—if no other water is available—snow can be melted for water. Bringing water to a rolling boil for one minute will kill most germs but won’t get rid of chemicals sometimes found in snow.
Download this checklist.

Heating Checklist
•Have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out: ◦Fireplace with plenty of dry firewood or gas log fireplace
◦Portable space heaters or kerosene heaters

•Check with your local fire department to make sure that kerosene heaters are legal in your area.
•Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
•Use electric space heaters with ◦automatic shut-off switches and
◦nonglowing elements.

•Keep heat sources at least 3 feet away from furniture and drapes.
•Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
•Have the following safety equipment: ◦Chemical fire extinguisher
◦Smoke alarm in working order (Check once a month and change batteries once a year.)
◦Carbon monoxide detector

•Never use an electric generator indoors, inside the garage, or near the air intake of your home because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning: ◦Do not use the generator or appliances if they are wet.
◦Do not store gasoline indoors where the fumes could ignite.
◦Use individual heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords to plug in other appliances.

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Cooking and Lighting Checklist
•Never use charcoal grills or portable gas camp stove indoors—the fumes are deadly.
•Use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns.
•Avoid using candles.
•Never leave lit candles alone.
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Car and Emergency Checklist

Prepare your car with emergency supplies.
•Cell phone; portable charger and extra batteries
•Windshield scraper
•Battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
•Flashlight (and extra batteries)
•Snack food
•Extra hats, coats, mittens
•Chains or rope
•Tire chains
•Canned compressed air with sealant (emergency tire repair)
•Road salt and sand
•Booster cables
•Emergency flares
•Bright colored flag; help signs
•First aid kit
•Tool kit
•Road maps
•Waterproof matches and a can (to melt snow for water)
•Paper towels

Winter Weather: Indoor Safety

Heat Your Home Safely

If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be extremely careful. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and remember these safety tips:
•Use fireplace, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space.
•Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
•Ensure adequate ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater.
•Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use—don’t substitute.
•Do not place a space heater within 3 feet of anything that may catch on fire, such as drapes, furniture, or bedding, and never cover your space heater.
•Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
•Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
•Make sure that the cord of an electric space heater is not a tripping hazard but do not run the cord under carpets or rugs.
•Avoid using extension cords to plug in your space heater.
•If your space heater has a damaged electrical cord or produces sparks, do not use it.
•Store a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher near the area to be heated.
•Protect yourself from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by installing a battery-operated CO detector and never using generators, grills, camp stoves, or similar devices indoors.

Cook Safely
•Never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors—the fumes are deadly.
•Never use an electric generator indoors, inside the garage, or near the air intake of your house because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
•Plug in appliances to the generator using individual heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords.
•Do not use the generator or appliances if they are wet because of the risk of electrocution.
•Do not store gasoline indoors where the fumes could ignite.

Light Your Home Safely

If there is a power failure:
•Use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns rather than candles, if possible.
•Never leave lit candles unattended.

Conserve Heat

You may need fresh air coming in for your heater or for emergency cooking arrangements. However, if you don’t need extra ventilation, keep as much heat as possible inside your home. Avoid unnecessary opening of doors or windows. Close off unneeded rooms, stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors, and close draperies or cover windows with blankets at night.

Monitor Body Temperature

Infants less than one year old should never sleep in a cold room because (1) infants lose body heat more easily than adults; and (2) unlike adults, infants can’t make enough body heat by shivering. Provide warm clothing for infants and try to maintain a warm indoor temperature. If the temperature cannot be maintained, make temporary arrangements to stay elsewhere. In an emergency, you can keep an infant warm using your own body heat. If you must sleep, take precautions to prevent rolling on the baby. Pillows and other soft bedding can also present a risk of smothering; remove them from the area near the baby.

Older adults often make less body heat because of a slower metabolism and less physical activity. If you are over 65 years of age, check the temperature in your home often during severely cold weather. Also, check on elderly friends and neighbors frequently to ensure that their homes are adequately heated.

Keep a Water Supply

Extreme cold can cause water pipes in your home to freeze and sometimes rupture. When very cold temperatures are expected:
•Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.
•Keep the indoor temperature warm.
•Improve the circulation of heated air near pipes. For example, open kitchen cabinet doors beneath the kitchen sink.

If your pipes do freeze, do not thaw them with a torch. Instead, thaw them slowly by directing the warm air from an electric hair dryer onto the pipes.

If you cannot thaw your pipes, or the pipes are ruptured, use bottled water or get water from a neighbor’s home. As an emergency measure—if no other water is available—snow can be melted for water. Bringing water to a rolling boil for one minute will kill most microorganisms or parasites that may be present, but won’t remove chemical pollutants sometimes found in snow.

Eat and Drink Wisely

Eating well-balanced meals will help you stay warmer. Do not drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages—they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly. Instead, drink warm, sweet beverages or broth to help maintain your body temperature. If you have any dietary restrictions, ask your doctor.

Winter Weather: Outdoor Safety

When the weather is extremely cold, and especially if there are high winds, try to stay indoors. Make any trips outside as brief as possible, and remember these tips to protect your health and safety:

Dress Warmly and Stay Dry

Adults and children should wear:
•a hat
•a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth
•sleeves that are snug at the wrist
•mittens (they are warmer than gloves)
•water-resistant coat and boots
•several layers of loose-fitting clothing

Be sure the outer layer of your clothing is tightly woven, preferably wind resistant, to reduce body-heat loss caused by wind. Wool, silk, or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton. Stay dry—wet clothing chills the body rapidly. Excess perspiration will increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm. Also, avoid getting gasoline or alcohol on your skin while de-icing and fueling your car or using a snow blower. These materials in contact with the skin greatly increase heat loss from the body. Do not ignore shivering. It’s an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.

Avoid Frostbite and Hypothermia

When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up your body’s stored energy. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and won’t be able to do anything about it.

Hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, but it can occur even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.

Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation. The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures

For more information about frostbite and hypothermia, see Winter Weather: Stay Safe & Healthy.

Avoid Exertion

Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold. Otherwise, if you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly. Remember, your body is already working hard just to stay warm, so don’t overdo it.

Understand Wind Chill

The Wind Chill index is the temperature your body feels when the air temperature is combined with the wind speed. It is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by the effects of wind and cold. As the speed of the wind increases, it can carry heat away from your body much more quickly, causing skin temperature to drop. When there are high winds, serious weather-related health problems are more likely, even when temperatures are only cool.

The Wind Chill Chart below shows the difference between actual air temperature and perceived temperature, and amount of time until frostbite occurs.

Avoid Ice

Walking on ice is extremely dangerous. Many cold-weather injuries result from falls on ice-covered sidewalks, steps, driveways, and porches. Keep your steps and walkways as free of ice as possible by using rock salt or another chemical de-icing compound. Sand may also be used on walkways to reduce the risk of slipping.

Be Safe During Recreation

Notify friends and family where you will be before you go hiking, camping, or skiing. Do not leave areas of the skin exposed to the cold. Avoid perspiring or becoming overtired. Be prepared to take emergency shelter. Pack dry clothing, a two-wave radio, waterproof matches and paraffin fire starters with you. Do not use alcohol and other mood altering substances, and avoid caffeinated beverages. Avoid walking on ice or getting wet. Carefully watch for signs of cold-weather health problems.

Be Cautious About Travel
•Listen for radio or television reports of travel advisories issued by the National Weather Service.
•Do not travel in low visibility conditions.
•Avoid traveling on ice-covered roads, overpasses, and bridges if at all possible.
•If you must travel by car, use tire chains and take a mobile phone with you.
•If you must travel, let someone know your destination and when you expect to arrive. Ask them to notify authorities if you are late.
•Check and restock the winter emergency supplies in your car before you leave.
•Never pour water on your windshield to remove ice or snow; shattering may occur.
•Don’t rely on a car to provide sufficient heat; the car may break down.
•Always carry additional warm clothing appropriate for the winter conditions.

What to Do if You Get Stranded

Staying in your vehicle when stranded is often the safest choice if winter storms create poor visibility or if roadways are ice covered. These steps will increase your safety when stranded:
•Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna as a signal to rescuers and raise the hood of the car (if it is not snowing).
•Move anything you need from the trunk into the passenger area.
•Wrap your entire body, including your head, in extra clothing, blankets, or newspapers.
•Stay awake. You will be less vulnerable to cold-related health problems.
•Run the motor (and heater) for about 10 minutes per hour, opening one window slightly to let in air. Make sure that snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe—this will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
•As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to improve your circulation and stay warmer.
•Do not eat unmelted snow because it will lower your body temperature.
•Huddle with other people for warmth. ... ylists.asp

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