A large winter storm moving across the southern plains, the Midwest, and into the Northeast, will affect millions of Americans today and tonight. The National Weather Service has issued winter storm watches, warning or advisories in over 30 states, and blizzard warnings have been issued for eight states, including Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana.
Here's the latest:
What we’re doing
Through our regional offices in Kansas City (Missouri), Denton (Texas), Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston, we’re closely coordinating with other members of the emergency management team in all areas that could be impacted. FEMA liaison officers have been deployed to several state emergency operations centers at the request of state officials in the affected area, to coordinate if additional support is needed.
We’ve also prepositioned generators, meals, water, and other supplies in strategic areas to assist state and local emergency response efforts if our help is requested.
What you can do
- Follow the guidance of local officials. If driving conditions are hazardous where you live, stay off the roads. As always, use common sense.
- Prepare for power outages. Winter storms, especially those with ice storms, often bring power outages to the affected areas. Our preparedness website, Ready.gov has tips on how to prepare for a potential power outage.
- Check on your neighbor. The elderly, children, people with disabilities, may be the most vulnerable during and after a severe winter storm. After your basic needs are in order, check on your neighbor.
- Be informed. Track your local forecast through the National Weather Service website, or on your smartphone. Visit Ready.gov to get prepared for winter weather, or find preparedness on the go at our mobile site.
Image courtesy of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration satellite: Photograph of the major winter storm affecting much of the United States on February 1, 2011.