January 3, 2018

Download FEMA's updated winter storm guide.
Winter Weather Preparedness
With much of the nation experiencing record low temperatures this week and with winter storm watches, advisories, and warnings in place for conditions including extreme cold, freezing rain, sleet, ice, snow, high winds, or a combination of these conditions, it is a good time to review your winter weather plans to ensure you are prepared. Thousands of Americans are injured or killed each year by exposure to cold, vehicle crashes on wintry roads, and fires caused by the improper use of heaters. Planning and taking actions for before, during, and after a storm can have a positive impact on personal safety and resiliency after a winter storm. The following resources focus on preparedness, advanced planning, and knowing what to do in the event of a winter storm.
Cold Stress
Workers who are exposed to extreme cold or work in cold environments may be at risk of cold stress, a condition that occurs when the skin's temperature, and eventually the internal body temperature, is driven down. When the body is unable to warm itself, serious cold-related illnesses and injuries may occur, and permanent tissue damage and death may result. Types of cold stress include trench foot, frostbite, and hypothermia. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration offers additional details on what cold stress is, types of cold stress, who is affected, how it can be prevented, and a chart with recommendations for a work/warm-up schedule for employees based on temperature and wind speed. You may also visit the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health webpages on cold-related illnesses, cold water immersion, recommendations, and resources. 
How to Prepare for a Winter Storm
This year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency updated the How to Prepare for a Winter Storm (PDF) guide, which includes helpful items such as a preparedness checklist, tips to stay healthy and warm, and a winter weather check for your car. The guide is organized into the following sections:
  • Now/Prepare: Information on staying informed through emergency alerts and notifications, necessary emergency supplies, creating safety and family communication plans, building an emergency supply kit for your vehicle, and actions to take that can protect your home
  • During/Survive: Recommended travel and cold weather safety/health precautions
  • After/Be Safe: Sources for post-storm assistance
This guide, and additional FEMA resources, are available in other languages.
Prepare Your Organization for a Winter Storm Playbook
Prepare Your Organization for a Winter Storm Playbook (PDF) is a free resource offered through America's PrepareAthon, a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience for disasters. All employers and organizations --- from local businesses and municipalities to schools, universities, and faith- and community-based organizations --- are essential components of the community and can help people and groups to be more prepared. This guide provides tools and resources to support organizational preparedness efforts and ways to maintain momentum year-round. This playbook, and additional FEMA resources, are available in other languages.
Winter Storm Safety Tips and Resources
The Winter Storm Safety Tips and Resources webpage from the National Weather Service provides winter safety infographics, forecasts and observations, snow and ice data and products, a weather and water preparedness events calendar, snow coverage maps, and information describing the different types of winter storms.
If you would like to share winter weather safety information with your students and employees, Ready.gov has created a social media toolkit with pre-scripted and customizable messages, hashtags, graphics, and outreach materials. 

Stalking Resources
The most recent National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey states 7.5 million people are stalked each year in the U.S., including those on college and university campuses. Stalking can be defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others, or to suffer substantial emotional distress. It is not a one-time event, but a series of incidents that can escalate and lead to violence.
For the past 17 years, the Stalking Resource Center (SRC), a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime, has enhanced the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking by offering resources, training, and technical assistance on this topic. Due to the SRC's grant moving to a different organization, the SRC will be closing soon. If you have any immediate needs or training requests, you may contact Neelam Patel and  Kevin Sweeney during the transition.
Two available SRC resource materials developed specifically for colleges and universities are:  
  • Responding to Stalking on Campus: Navigating Title IX and the Amendments to the Clery Act (PDF): Using the 2016 Department of Education's Handbook for campuses, the Stalking Resource Center created this document to help campuses develop policies, procedures, and preventative materials. This guide focuses solely on the crime of stalking and does not incorporate other guidelines for crimes provided by the Department of Education.
  • The Model Stalking Policy: Responding to Stalking on Campus (PDF): This guide was developed to help universities and colleges create or revise their campus policy on stalking and provides useful language about defining stalking, lists of stalking behaviors, and safety considerations for victims. It also includes sample policies that administrators can use in their entirety or adapt for their specific needs. 
For additional resources on stalking, visit our online library and use the search tag  stalking .  

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Basic Threat Assessment & Threat Management Training
Organization: Sigma Threat Management Associates
Date: January 26, 2018
Location: Alexandria, VA
Fee: Registration fee

Title: Advanced ICS-400 Command And General Staff-Complex Incidents (MGT905)
Organization: Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
Dates:  January 30-31, 2018
Location: Carmel, CA
Fee: Free

Title: 2018 Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Forum
Organization: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Dates:  March 5-8, 2018
Location: Portsmouth, VA
Fee: Registration fee

For additional trainings and events, access our searchable online calendar.

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.