Army launches annual Cold Weather Safety Campaign

By Jenny Stripling, Communication and Public Affairs, U.S. Army Combat Readiness CenterOctober 8, 2020

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FORT RUCKER, Ala. ─ As summer fades into fall and long sunny days wane into short chilly nights, it’s time to reassess safety measures. Cooler temperatures can mean football and early morning hunting excursions, socially distanced winter sports, hiking and more time at home, but they can also pose persistent challenges, including driving in adverse weather conditions and increased personal risk when outdoors.

To help Soldiers and Civilians counter potential hazards, the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center has released the 2020 Fall/Winter Safety Campaign. The campaign, scheduled to run through February, will provide a gradual release of tools and products focusing on important, season-appropriate safety topics.

Campaign products will help leaders build and manage top-quality seasonal safety programs geared toward their unique needs. Soldiers, Civilians and Family members may also use campaign tools to help minimize risk and prevent mishaps. The campaign kit will include posters, feature articles, videos and public service announcements focusing on timely safety topics like safe driving in wintery conditions, resiliency, cold weather injuries, home safety and much more.

“We’re excited to provide this campaign for leaders and safety professionals across the Army as the fall and winter seasons begin,” said Brig. Gen. Andrew C. Hilmes, USACRC commanding general and director of Army Safety. “It’s especially important as we emerge from the public health restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be critical for leaders to reinforce the importance of trained skills and positive behaviors among their Soldiers.”

Command Sgt. Maj. William L. Gardner II, USACRC, encouraged users to check these venues frequently for safety materials as they become available throughout the fall and winter seasons.

“First-line leaders and safety professionals will be the conduit through which most Soldiers receive this information,” he said. “We’re relying on NCOs and unit safety personnel to make their Soldiers aware of these seasonal hazards, especially during the challenges of this unprecedented pandemic.”

The campaign is available on the USACRC’s website at as well as the organization’s social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center preserves Army readiness through analysis, training, and the development of systems that prevent accidental loss of our people and resources.