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Winter storms can pose serious problems for both residents and  motorists. When  storms threaten, monitor broadcast media and NOAA Weather Radio for information. Keep your gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. On icy roads, drive slowly and increase distance required for stop. Watch for downed trees and power lines across roads. If power is out, treat all intersections as four-way stops.

Blankets/sleeping bags and extra clothing, mittens and hat
Cell phone, radio, flashlight, extra batteries
First-aid kit and pocket knife
High calorie, non perishable food, bottled water
Sack of sand or cat litter for de-icing roadway
Windshield scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and shovel

If heavy ice on power lines cuts utility service, be extremely careful using generators or gas
powered equipment. Carbon monoxide (CO) is invisible, odorless, deadly and can build up in a
matter of minutes. Do not use generators, charcoal grills or gas grills inside the house, garage or
enclosed space. Do not try to heat the house using a gas range or oven. Be prepared at home:
Battery-powered NOAA weather radio, batteries, flashlights, cell phone and chargers,
manual can opener
One-week supply of food, water, medicine, medical supplies and items for special health
care needs, babies and the elderly
Pet supplies, kitty litter or sand for de-icing steps and walkways
Heating fuel, properly ventilated emergency heating source such as a fireplace, wood
stove or space heater
Fire extinguisher, smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector
Warm clothing and extra blankets


How to weather an ice storm     

Last updated: 4/1/2011 10:12:26 AM