Refresh winter safety skills during Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness Week  

Each year, the first week of November is recognized as Winter Hazard Awareness Week in Minnesota, prompting officials from the Minneapolis Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to encourage residents and businesses to prepare now to minimize the hazards of winter. 

The City is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, in collaboration with the National Weather Service and other nonprofit agencies, to help Minnesotans know how to prepare for winter to help keep families safe before extreme weather hits. 

Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness Week is a great time to revive winter safety skills and take the time to build an emergency supply kit for your home and your car.   

Winter Hazard Awareness Week topics 

Monday, Nov. 4
Winter storms: ice storms, blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, winter weather watches and warnings, and wind chill. 

Tuesday, Nov. 5
Outdoor winter safety: safety on ice, snowmobile safety, hypothermia and frostbite. 

Wednesday, Nov. 6
Winter fire safety: winter and holiday fire safety, alternative heat sources, smoke detectors, cooking safety, candles and decorations. 

Thursday, Nov. 7
Indoor winter safety: carbon monoxide, radon, mold and general home care. 

Friday, Nov. 8
Winter driving: auto safety, snowplows, road conditions, using 511, winter driving tips and car survival. 

The State of Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management has winter weather safety information that offers tips on staying safe throughout the season. All families, businesses and organizations can use the information to refresh their winter safety habits.  

Residents can prepare today by signing up to get Snow Emergency alerts automatically emailed or texted to you. Go to for more details. You can also download the FEMA app and follow the National Weather Service. Residents can also view and share NOAA’s climate outlook for winter 2019-2020

More information about emergency preparedness is available from the Minneapolis Office of Emergency Management.




Published Nov 4, 2019



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