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When the Weather Outside Is Frightful
By Pat Wood

Many people may snuggle up in front of a warm fireplace when winter weather hits, but others may have fewer options.

Perhaps they have no fireplace, maybe not even a place at all if they are homeless.

Or maybe they have a house, but what if they don’t have enough money to pay the heating bill, what with the rise in the price of oil?

Whether we are rich or poor or somewhere in between, government resources and information online may help us say, "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. We’re prepared, we’re prepared, we’re prepared."

These government webpages will help you and your communities get prepared for winter.

Automobiles and Driving

Automobiles and Winter Driving

Winterize Your Vehicle

Children’s Activities

Draw a Snowman

Winter Storms — FEMA for Kids

Flight Delays

Flight Delays in Real Time at Your Airport

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Flu Prevention

It’s the Flu Season. Who’s at Risk? What to Do if You Get It?

Fight Flu and Pneumonia

Flu Prevention and Control

Medicare Pays for Flu and Pneumonia Vaccinations

Preventing Flu When You Travel


Heating Oil Prices and Home Energy Assistance Program

Insulate to Save Money

Weatherization Assistance Funds from Energy

Winter Safety in the Home


Homelessness — Programs, Funds, and Resources

Put a Face on Homelessness — Help HUD Help the Homeless in Your Community

VA Working to Help Homeless Veterans

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Winter Preparedness Safety Tips

Winter Storms and Other Declared Disasters in 2000

Winter Storms Fact Sheet


Recreation on Federal Lands


Road Conditions in All States


Weather Service Across the Nation
Includes national, regional, states, and selected cities

Links to Weather Information

Wind Chill Temperatures

About the Author

Pat Wood is the editor of Access America E-Gov E-Zine. If your federal agency has a winter-related site, send the URL to Pat at

November 6, 2000

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