Weather Safety and Planning

General Weather Resources


Cold Weather Safety Information

Sample Letter to Parents About Cold Weather Precautions (2/2018)

NYS Emergency Management Office Weather and Disaster Information-Contains safety resources for extreme weather (lightning, heat, cold).

National Weather Service Windchill Chart- Provides an interactive chart that can be used to determine wind chill based on temperature and wind speed.  (US Dept of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service) 

What is the Windchill Index? - This 2-minute video produces by the University of Iowa extension gives a quick explanation of the wind chill index and how it impacts safety. 

Hot Weather Safety Information

FAQ's about Extreme Heat-Provides overview of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat rash with prevention strategies for children and athletes (Last reviewed 6/2012)

Heat Wave/Heat Index-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: NOAA Provides information on health dangers of heat, how to prepare, the danger of leaving children in cars and additional information from the American Red Cross.


NYS Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA)

NYSPHSSA Handbook (Updated 11/2017)

NYSPHSAA Safety and Research page include resources for heat and cold on heat index and guidelines, wind chill procedures, and early season acclimatization and thunder and lightning.

Climatic Heat Stress and Exercising Children and Adolescents-Provides updated guidance on preparation, modifications, and monitoring for safe participation in outdoor sports/physical activities in warm to hot climatic conditions. (AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and Council on School Health 8/2011)

Resources for Families for Heating Assistance

NYS Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) -Provides assistance low-income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs. This includes assistance for both heating and cooling. HEAP Hotline: 1-800-342-3009.

Page Reviewed 9/17/21