Severe Winter Weather

Nearly all Americans are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives. Winter storms are often accompanied by dangerously low temperatures, ice, sleet, freezing rain, snow, and strong winds that can knock out heat, power, and communications. Here you’ll find a “starter list” of tools and open data that can support communities in the event of severe winter weather. If there are additional free tools or open data that can be shared, please email us at

FEMA Disaster Declarations Information about disaster declarations since 1953, which features all three disaster declaration types: major disaster, emergency, and fire management assistance.
Watches, Warnings, and Advisories National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center feed of watches, warnings, and advisories that are currently in force for the United States.
NCDC Storm Events Database database with a chronological listing, by state, of hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, hail, floods, drought conditions, lightning, high winds, snow, temperature extremes and other weather phenomena.

SeeClickFix provides a database of citizen requests to help generate clear and actionable data on the state of infrastructure in the wake of a disaster. To learn more visit


The Weather Company is building a localized alerting platform and API to enable state, local, and private authorities to manage and distribute alerts via The Weather Channel and existing local distribution points to two-thirds of the U.S. adult population. For more information contact


Airbnb, a community marketplace for housing, will pre-identify and activate hosts for displaced persons and disaster service workers when an emergency occurs. To learn more and engage this initiative, contact

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In addition to the many ways to Join the Movement and Get Involved, consider sharing your ideas and Challenge Statements where innovations in technology can be applied to help in the case of severe winter weather. Email suggestions to