American Red Cross Prepares for Nor’easter

Eastern MA - Chapter News 19

CONCORD, NH December 26, 2012 — American Red Cross of New Hampshire has begun to prepare and plan for an upcoming nor’easter that is making its way to the New England area. As we begin planning for this winter storm and potential power outages, we ask the Granite State community to also start taking preparedness steps for this storm.

Winter Storm Safety Tips:

  • Dress in several layers of light clothing. Wear mittens and a hat (preferably one that covers your ears).
  • Wear waterproof, insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow.
  • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
  • Winterize your car by keeping your gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • Power Outage Safety Tips:

  • Turn off lights and computers when not in use.
  • Wash clothes in cold water if possible; wash only full loads and clean the dryer's lint trap after each use.
  • When using a dishwasher, wash full loads and use the light cycle. If possible, use the rinse only cycle and turn off the high temperature rinse option. When the regular wash cycle is done, just open the dishwasher door to allow the dishes to air dry.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent lights.