Transportation grinds to a halt, traffic comes to a standstill and electricity can be out for days often with very cold temperatures. In addition to cold temperatures and snow and ice, winter brings dangerous driving conditions and the potential for damaging and deadly storms.


Transportation grinds to a halt, traffic comes to a standstill and electricity can be out for days often with very cold temperatures. In addition to cold temperatures and snow and ice, winter brings dangerous driving conditions and the potential for damaging and deadly storms.

Making preparations now, before the storms hit, can make getting through the storms a lot easier.

To bring a better alertness to the hazards and preparations one should make for winter driving, the National Weather Service, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the State Emergency Management Agency and the Camden County Office of Emergency Management teamed up Nov. 17 to promote Winter Weather Awareness Day in Missouri.

As always: "We are trying to push preparedness and safety," according to Camden County Emergency Management Director Denise Russell. "It only takes minutes for frostbite and hypothermia to set in during these conditions if you are not properly attired."

Russell said one of the gravest dangers of winter weather is wind chill. The wind chill is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin by combined effects of wind and cold. As the wind increases, heat is carried away from the body at an accelerated rate, driving down the body temperature. Animals are also effected by wind chill.

Check out the wind chill chart on the Internet at http://www.weather.gov/er/iln/tables.htm#wind.

The Camden County Office of Emergency Management works with local, state, and federal partners in times of disasters to assist in the recovery of our citizens.

For important information and real-time weather data please visit www.camdencomoema.org or Facebook page: Camden County Mo Emergency Management Agency.