Snow Preparation… We better get started.

1.    Be prepared to shelter in place. Keep a three-to-five-day supply of non-perishable food and water on hand, along with a non-electric can opener, battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries.

2.    Stay informed- Tune into your local news station and have a battery powered radio just in case.

3. Dress warmly if you go out.

  • Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing.
  • Outer garments should be tightly woven and water-repellent. Mittens are warmer than gloves.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs from extremely cold air.
  • Wear sturdy, waterproof boots in snow or flooding conditions.
  • Change out of wet clothing to prevent a loss of body heat.

4. Conserve fuel during a storm by keeping your house cooler than normal. Lower the  thermostat and close off unused rooms to save energy.

5. Beware of carbon monoxied. If using generators, kerosene heaters or gas fireplaces, read the owner’s manual on maintaining proper ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep heaters at least three feet from flammable objects.

6.  Report downed power lines and broken gas lines.

7. Check on others. Please check on relatives, friends and neighbors, especially those who are elderly or at risk, to ensure that they are safe.

8. Do not park vehicles on snow emergency routes when snow emergencies are declared. Park vehicles in driveways where available, and leave room for plows to clear the street.

9. Keep sidewalks clear. Residents are responsible for maintaining sidewalks in front of their homes and clearing them of snow and ice.

10. Avoid overexertion. Cold weather puts an added strain on the heart. Unaccustomed exercise such as shoveling snow or pushing a car can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse.

Hope these 10 things will help you happily survive the 2011 ICE-PACOLYPSE!

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