Winter Hazard Awareness Week

Publication date: December 6, 2018

Winter Hazard Awareness Week

It is hard to believe winter is already here! The hats and mittens have replaced the sunglasses and ball caps. Ice melt and shovels now fill the store shelves as well as sweaters and winter boots. As the cold blustery wind blows in, the threat of hazardous winter weather blows in too. Are you ready? Now is the time to plan for what you will do when the snow starts to fall.    

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) sponsors the annual “Winter Hazard Awareness Week” public information campaign each year. The week features an intense media campaign that highlights specific daily topics related to winter weather safety. The HSEM Winter Weather Safety website offers additional information, checklists, and other informational resources to assist in local education efforts throughout the season.

Local professionals and volunteers can use these resources to engage their fellow citizens and local media to focus on these hazards and help ensure everyone has a safe and fun winter season.

Winter Hazard Awareness Week Topics

Monday, November 5:

Winter Storms – Ice storms, blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, winter weather watches and warnings and wind chill

Tuesday, November 6:

Outdoor Winter Safety – Safety on ice, snowmobile safety, hypothermia and frostbite

Wednesday, November 7:

Winter Fire Safety – Winter and holiday fire safety, alternative heat sources, smoke detectors, cooking safety, candles and decorations

Thursday, November 8:

Indoor Winter Safety – Carbon monoxide, radon, mold and general home care

Friday, November 9:

Winter Driving – Auto safety, snowplows, road conditions, using 5-1-1, winter driving tips, car survival kits

See the following documents for some tips and tricks on staying safe in severe winter weather!

Wind Chill Chart

Winter Safety Travel Checklist

Winter Storms Fact Sheet


Calling all Students

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking students for paid, summer internships in the fields of Financial Management, Administrative & Office Support, Emergency Management, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Law.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

FEMA fosters innovation and rewards performance and creativity. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need.

The following announcements are open for current students through January 31, 2017:


Grade Level(s)

Duty Location(s)


Student Trainee - Emergency   Management

Student Trainee (Emergency   Management)


Anniston, AL; Oakland, CA;   Lakewood, CO; Washington, DC; Aiea, HI; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; Kansas City,   MO; Philadelphia, PA; Denton, TX; Winchester, VA

Student Trainee - Human   Resources


Washington, DC; Winchester, VA

Student Trainee – Administrative

GS-2 to GS-5

Anniston, AL; Lakewood, CO;   Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; Kansas City, MO; Denton, TX;   Winchester, VA ; Bothell, WA; Atlanta, GA; Oakland, CA; Emmitsburg, MD; New   York, NY

Student Trainee - Financial   Management


Denton, TX; New York, NY;   Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; Oakland, CA

Student Trainee - Legal


Washington, DC

Student Trainee - Information   Technology


Winchester, VA; Boston, MA;   Chicago, IL, Washington, DC; Oakland, CA

How to Apply

Visit the links above to learn more about each position and to apply. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by January 31, 2017 at 11:59pm. Eastern Time (ET).

If you have any questions or want more information, please contact

Additionally, check out the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers (AMEM) website for job opportunities year-round!