2013-12-13 / Community Events

Army safe winter campaign

By Cory Hancock
JFHQ-NCR / MDW Public Affairs

Cooler temperatures and winter weather present persistent challenges for Soldiers and civilians operating in theater and at home. The Army team must remain aware of the hazards and stay engaged throughout this high-risk season.

The annual Army Safe Winter Campaign, part of the Know the Signs safety communication initiative, promotes awareness and individual responsibility among leaders, Soldiers, family members and civilian employees to help prevent fatalities and injuries during the winter months.

The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center launched the Army Safe Winter Campaign on Dec. 2 in order to highlight hazards that are unique to cold weather activities. The campaign runs through Feb. 28, 2014 and emphasizes prevention and vigilance and is driven by a theme asking all audiences to make safe decisions wherever their adventures take them.

Topics include privately owned weapons, home safety, cold weather injury prevention, physical training, winter driving and winter sports/recreation. The complete campaign is available online.

The Know the Signs safety communication initiative includes four separate seasonal campaigns designed to encourage yearround risk management and assist unit and organization leaders, safety officers and NCOs in executing their safety programs. Campaign content, which sometimes includes non- seasonal items, will continue to heighten Soldier, family and civilian awareness of the risks associated with on- and off-duty activities.

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