Several storm systems are scheduled to collide in the next few days and weather experts say this could result in significant snowfall from our area into New England and the northeast over the weekend. The American Red Cross offers the following steps to stay safe during these and other winter storms.
The best thing you can do is avoid driving during a winter storm. If you have to drive, the safest thing you can do is plan to arrive at your destination before the storm hits. Watch weather predictions for your entire route so you know what to expect along the way.
IF YOU MUST TRAVEL WHILE IT’S SNOWING, make sure you have an emergency preparedness kit in the car. Keep your car's gas tank full to keep the fuel line from freezing. Let someone know your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
IF YOU GET STUCK IN THE SNOW, stay with the car. Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna for rescuers to see. Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won't back up in the car. Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running to help rescuers see the vehicle. Keep one window away from the blowing wind slightly open to let in air.
IF THE POWER GOES OUT, use flashlights to provide light. Do not use candles for lighting. Don’t forget your pets – bring them indoors. If that’s not possible, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they can get to unfrozen water. Also follow these tips:
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