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The UCA Police Department is pleased to introduce, as part of our new Community Safety Education Series, the first topic in the series, “Winter Storms”. Why talk about winter storms? Each year, exposure to cold, vehicle accidents caused by wintry roads, and fires caused by the improper use of heaters injure and kill hundreds of people in the United States. Add these to other winter weather hazards and you have a significant threat to human health and safety.

A major winter storm can last for several days and can include high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall, and cold temperatures. People can become marooned at home without utilities or other services. Heavy snowfall and blizzards can trap motorists in their vehicles and make walking to find help a deadly effort. Storm effects, such as severely cold temperatures, heavy snow, and coastal flooding, can cause hazardous conditions and hidden problems. The aftermath of a winter storm can impact a community or region for days, weeks, or even months.

The “Winter Storms” guide provides detailed information intended to help you and your family reduce your risk of injury or loss in the event of severe winter weather. The guide includes general information about the threats presented by winter storms and action or awareness messages that describe what you should do to prepare for and get safely through winter storms.

The Community Safety Education Series can be found under the Emergency Management tab of our website or by following this link: http://www.ucapd.org/go/CSES

Campus emergency procedures for Winter Storms/Ice Storms can be found under the Emergency Management tab of our website or by following the link: http://www.ucapd.org/index.php/winter-stormsice-storms/

We hope you find the information helpful in keeping you and your family safe this winter at home and on the road.

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