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HSEM, Red Cross Warn of Heavy Snow Danger

Learn more about recovering from a winter storm

Snow accumulations from the predicted storm this weekend could lead to dangerous accumulations on building roofs, according to the N.H. Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Red Cross NH.

The storm may dump nearly a foot of snow that will likely be much heavier and wetter than the storm two weeks ago. The greatest accumulations are expected to be across the southern part of the state.

“Snow accumulations are especially dangerous on flat roofed buildings, which are most susceptible to collapse” said Perry E. Plummer, Acting Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. “We urge building owners or managers to monitor their buildings, ensure that roof drains are clear and to remove snow as soon as that can be safely accomplished.”

He said homeowners should also remove snow from buildings using snow rakes from the ground. If roofs need to be shoveled, that should be done by contractors with the proper experience and insurance.

“During storms like this we ask people bring their pets inside and to be good neighbors,” said Maria White, CEO of Red Cross NH. “Help people who require special assistance such as elderly living alone, people with disabilities and people with children.”

HSEM and Red Cross NH make the following recommendations for the storm:

  • Clear snow from building exits, gas connections and vents.
  • Stay off the roads as much as possible. If travel is necessary keep your gas tank at least half full and keep a disaster supply kit readily available in your vehicle.
  • If power outages occur:
  • Report the outage to your electric company.
  • Stay clear of downed power lines and treat all power lines as if they are live.
  • Operate portable generators at least 10 feet from buildings with the exhaust pointed away from buildings.
  • Do not use outdoor heating appliances inside buildings because of the danger of carbon monoxide.
  • Let water run at a trickle to keep pipes from freezing.
  • Use flashlights and battery-powered lanterns for emergency lighting, not candles.
  • Before tackling any strenuous tasks in cold temperatures consider your physical condition and weather conditions.
  • The winter storm watch posted by the National Weather Service remains in effect until 7 p.m. Sunday. Plummer and White urged New Hampshire residents and visitors to monitor changing weather conditions via broadcast or Internet sources or NOAA Weather Radio.