Winter weather forecast still uncertain

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first_imgMake a family emergency plan — Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergencyListen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS) and be alert to changing weather conditionsMinimize travel, but keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicleBring pets/companion animals inside during winter weatherMove other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking waterDuring the Winter StormStay indoors during the stormWalk carefully on snowy, icy walkwaysAvoid overexertion when shoveling snow; overexertion can bring on a heart attack — a major cause of death in the winterIf you must shovel snow, stretch before going outsideKeep dry and change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat (wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly)Watch for signs of frostbite: loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediatelyWatch for signs of hypothermia: uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possibleDrive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day, don’t travel alone, keep others informed of your schedule, stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcutsLet 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 routeIf the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate)Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumesRefuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objectsConserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some roomsIf you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55°FCarbon Monoxide SafetyNever use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoorsThe primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fireInstall carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxideIf the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or doorCall for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist youFor the Road: Before beginning your trip, check the current road conditions and weather forecast. For statewide highway information 24 hours a day checkout your state’s Department of TransportationKeep your car’s windows, mirrors and lights clear of snow and iceBuckle upAllow yourself plenty of time to make it to your destinationBe aware of sleet and freezing rainBe aware of potentially icy areasBrake early and slowly and avoid slamming on the brakesKeep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the roadWhen driving on ice and snow, do not use cruise control and avoid abrupt steering maneuversWhen merging into traffic, take it slow — Sudden movements can cause your vehicle to slideDon’t pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary — treat these as you would emergency response vehiclesKeep an emergency winter driving kit in your carMaintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season. This is good for emergency preparedness and it keeps the fuel line from freezing.Most importantly, drive smart!Thanks to Weather Underground for their contribution to this story. Wilmington, Oh. — The National Weather Service is beginning to zero in on what the latest round of winter weather will bring.Meteorologists say a Pacific system combined with low pressure and moisture from the south could bring a significant amount of accumulation to the area. Forecast amounts vary from 3-inches to 1-foot depending on the timing of the arrival of cold air.The following information is offered more than 24-hours prior to the forecast weather event in order to help residents make a plan:Winter Storms Home Preparedness ChecklistBefore winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkwaysSand to improve tractionSnow shovels and other snow removal equipmentSufficient heating fuel, like dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stoveAdequate clothing and blankets to keep you warmlast_img

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