New NWS Winter Weather Warning and Other Preparedness Tips

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Short, Heavy Bursts of Snow

Winter weather can cause treacherous traffic conditions, impacting businesses, schools and general day-to-day operations for organizations. This winter, the National Weather Service will begin issuing a new winter weather warning “to convey the danger travelers face from an extreme reduction in visibility during short-term bursts of heavy snow.”

Starting in January, the “snow squall” warning will be used during times of intense snowfall that can contribute to roadway accidents. These warnings will be short in duration and will primarily be used on the East Coast of the United States.

Learn more about the new warning

Prepping for Winter

As we mentioned above, winter weather can have all kinds of negative impacts on an organization, but being prepared for these challenges can minimize that impact. Leveraging emergency mass notifications systems to send large-scale alerts across an organization helps keep people informed. Some systems can even tie into the National Weather Service and automatically send alerts when severe weather approaches.

As with any emergency scenario, the ability to respond to severe winter weather is dependent upon the training and tools organizations have in place. Simply setting up a system to send an alert is rarely sufficient when it comes to managing a situation. Developing a strong winter weather preparedness plan means know who to contact and what those people should do before, during and after a message is sent.

Using Mass Notification

A mass notification system can automatically send alerts from the National Weather Service to an entire organization, and it can help manage a response once that initial message is sent. Certain systems can leverage capabilities like conference calls to bring people together to discuss how an emergency winter weather situation can be managed. This can aide in covering shifts, closing businesses or schools, and other decision making needs that are brought on by severe winter weather.

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Anticipate Quieter Times

Along with winter weather preparation, organizations should also anticipate times when less people will be within their buildings, such as the holidays. With less people coming into buildings and spending time on the grounds, it may not be necessary to implement the same emergency procedures during these times as those that are in place during the rest of the year. Determine how many people will be in your buildings, when people will be on vacation, and assess what procedures need to be in place to send notifications during an emergency.

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