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Be Storm Prepared

10 Things You Need to Know

 

1) Make sure to have the following items in addition to your emergency kit:

  • Rock salt to melt ice,

  • Sand to improve traction,

  • Snow shovels,

  • Sufficient heating fuel,

  • Warm clothing and blankets.

2) Stay indoors. If you must go outside, wear several layers of warm, lightweight clothing, water repellent outer garments, mittens instead of gloves, a hat to prevent loss of body heat, and a scarf over your mouth to protect lungs.

3) Keep cordless phones and mobile devices plugged in to maintain full charge in case of power outage.

4) Drive ONLY if necessary. If so, have disaster supply kit in vehicle, travel in daylight, let someone know your route and destination, stay on main roads and avoid shortcuts.

5) Bring pets inside. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

6) Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid toxic fume build-up, refuel outside, and keep at least 3 feet from flammable objects.

7) Help avoid frozen pipes in your home by raising thermostat so temperature inside exterior walls stays above freezing. If your sink, dishwasher or washing machine are on an exterior wall, leave cabinet doors, laundry room doors and dishwasher open to increase warm air flow.

8) If your home loses power or heat for more than a few hours and you do not have adequate supplies to stay warm in your home, consider going to a designated public shelter if you can get there safely. Text SHELTER + your ZIP CODE to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area.

Once the storm has passed...

9) Keep dry and avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent loss of body heat. Take breaks, push snow instead of lifting it when possible. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack - major cause of death in winter. Always play it safe!

10) Clear snow away from all downspouts so gutters can properly drain when snow melts.

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