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12 Days of Winter Safety – Day #4

Day 4


According to the Department of Transportation, 22% of all vehicle crashes in the U.S. and 16% of the fatalities are due to severe weather such as rain, snow, sleet and ice. So, prepare your car for winter weather conditions and extremely cold temperatures, and know what to do if you’re stranded in your vehicle during a winter storm.

  • Drive only if it's absolutely necessary. If you must drive, travel during the day.
  • Know before you go. Listen to local news traffic reports or visit Ohio Department of Transportation's www.OhGo.com for current traffic information such as weather-related road conditions, road closures and traffic accidents.
  • Don't travel alone. Keep others informed of your travel schedule.
  • Stay on main roads. Avoid back road shortcuts.
  • Top off antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid. Have the oil changed every three months.
  • Keep your gas tank close to full, even with a hybrid-electric vehicle. If you get stuck in a traffic jam or in snow, you might need more fuel than you anticipated to get home or to keep warm.
  • Make sure your tires have enough tread. Consider snow tires.
  • Keep bagged salt or sand in the trunk to use for extra traction and to melt ice.
  • Clear snow from the top of the car, head and tail lights and windows.
  • Save phone numbers for your auto club, insurance agent and towing service into your cellphone.

If You Are Trapped in a Vehicle

  • Remain inside the vehicle. Rescuers are more likely to find you there.
  • Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes every hour. Clear any snow from the exhaust pipe to reduce risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Move around to maintain heat.
  • Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.
  • If it's nighttime, turn on the inside light so rescue crews can find you.
  • If you're stranded in a remote area, stomp out the words "SOS" or "HELP" in the snow.

Information provided by OCSWA, ODOT, Ohio Insurance Institute, and Nationwide Insurance


11.15.2018:   Oil and Gas Firms Donate Response Vehicle to Belmont County EMA
11.07.2018:   NOAA: A Late El Nino Could Influence the Winter Season
10.22.2018:   First Responder Training Facility Opens in Paulding
10.10.2018:   How to be Prepared for Disasters
09.28.2018:   URSB Public Meeting Notice – October 9, 2018


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Notice of Funding Opportunity

Nonprofits Security Grants Program (NSGP)

Period of Performance:
September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2021

The purpose of the NSGP is to provide federal funds to states to assist nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack through support for eligible physical security enhancements and other security activities.



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Emergency Contact Information
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Add emergency contact information to your driving record, for law enforcement purposes only, in the event one of your family members would need to be contacted regarding an emergency situation. You can also allow your emergency contact person(s) to share your current medical information with medical professionals providing emergency medical treatment, if you are ever involved in an emergency or otherwise unable to communicate.