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Red Cross Urges Safety During Continued Winter Storm

Red Cross Urges Safety During Continued Winter Storm
For individuals and communities who are impacted we stand ready to assist.

The American Red Cross of Massachusetts is urging residents to stay safe while winter storm “Juno” continues to affect Massachusetts and the coastal areas, in particular.

Growing power outages and coastal flooding due to sustained high winds may require more residents to access shelters in their areas. Use the Red Cross Shelter Finder App to find a place to stay if displaced or call 211.

"For individuals and communities who are impacted we stand ready to assist," said Tim Pitoniak, Chief Disaster Officer. “We would also encourage post storm safety precautions like being careful with snow removal, being vigilant during power outages and checking on others who may need assistance.”

Some of the most important things remember during and after the storm, include:

  • Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold.
  • Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog.
  • Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task.
  • Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.
  • Help people who require special assistance such as elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children.
  • Be safe if the power is out. Follow these safety tips:

  • Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
  • Use a flashlight, not candles.
  • Don’t use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning device inside your home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
  • If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs. Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Use perishable food from the fridge first, then use food from the freezer. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours if the door remains closed.
  • For a comprehensive winter storm safety check, available in several different languages click here.

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