Severe Weather Public Health Protection

Providing the most up to date information regarding current weather conditions, helpful safety tips and links to resources available in the community.

Home Heating Safety

Carbon Monoxide: Tips to Prevent Poisoning and Death

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled.

When power outages occur during emergencies such as winter storms, the use of alternative sources of fuel or electricity for heating, or cooking can cause CO to build up in a home, garage, or camper and to poison the people and animals inside.

Every year, more than 400 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning.

CO is produced by small gasoline engines, stoves, generators, lanterns, and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned and can die from breathing CO.

The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are:
  • Headache  
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion. 
People who are sleeping, or who have been drinking alcohol can die from CO poisoning before ever having symptoms
Read more information on CO poisoning and prevention.

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Flood Safety

Helpful Information to keep you and your family safe during flood conditions

Be Ready! Floods

 Current Information - St. Louis

Heat Your Home Safely

Approximately 155 people die nationwide each year due to home heating fires. The fires are often caused by the improper use of space heaters, ovens, fireplaces and generators. Taking proper precautions now can avoid these preventable deaths.

For tips on how to heat your home safely, please visit:

Stay Safe and Be Sure to Check on 
Your Elderly Neighbors! 
Dressing for Cold Weather NWS

Be Ready for the Next Storm

Missouri Storm Aware tornado graphic

Severe Winter Weather Links

All Ready Stl
Ameren - Outage Center
Citizen Role in a Storm
Cold Weather Related Deaths
Cold Weather Related Illness
Extreme Cold Guide
Heat Up & Cool Down St. Louis
Keeping Pets Safe in Winter
Ksdk School Closings
Laclede Gas - Weatherization Funds
MoDot - Road Conditions
Resources for Street Treatment
Snow Driving Tips
Snow Route Map
Snow Routes in Alphabetical Order
Street Division
Tiered Snow And Ice Response
Warming Centers in the St. Louis Area

Alerts and City Data

Current National Weather Service extreme cold weather advisories and historical data for cold related illnesses and death of City residents.
  • 5 year death data
  • 3 year data for illnesses during City declared extreme cold weather warnings and advisories as defined National Weather Service 
  • Alerts and data updates will be performed as necessary.
  • Cold related illness data reflects outcomes from monitoring illness and injury during active surveillance of significant weather events. 

City of St. Louis Heat Related Deaths 2011-2015

2016 STL City Cold Death Line Graph

Emergency Responders & Help

211 Helps - Cooling Centers
Heating and Cooling sites for the St. Louis area

Ameren - Outage Center
Use your phone number to report your outage and view outage status. View Outage Map and further information on being prepared.

City Emergency Management Agency
The City of St. Louis Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), a division of the Department of Public Safety, maintains an ongoing program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
And explanation of the CERT Program

Supports citizens and first responders to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Heat Up & Cool Down St. Louis
Providing air-conditioners, heating assistence and pay for electric bills for at-risk seniors, the disabled and small critically-ill children only.

Preparedness Resources

All Ready Stl
Emergencies Happen. Prepare today.

FEMA Emergency Checklist
A basic emergency supply kit with recommended items.

Flood Readiness & Safety
Information containing basic precautionary steps, steps while under watches and warnings, emergency supplies, and preparing to evacuate if needed.

Power Outage Tips
Safety tips to help you prepare for and cope with sudden loss of power.

Ready In 3 - Actions You Can Take Now
Things you can do immediately to prepare for any type of disaster.

Don’t wait for severe weather to arrive to start thinking about keeping yourself and your family safe. Being StormAware means having a plan before severe weather strikes.

Tornado Safety Information
Knowing what to do when you see a tornado, or when you hear a tornado warning, can help protect you and your family.


Winter Shelter and Outreach Operations - City of St. Louis
Information on weather conditions and increased outreach.

Heat Advisory Issued: People and Pets - What You Need to Know
The National Weather Service has issued another Heat Advisory for the St. Louis area from 12pm through 9pm, June 22.

Department of Health Cautions Residents about Increased Health Risks During Periods of High Heat
Department of Health cautions residents about increased health risks during periods of high heat

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