Tips for Managing Storms and Cold Weather
TIPS FOR MANAGING STORMS AND COLD WEATHER
Our seniors are at greater risk during a storm and in the extreme cold. Check on your elderly family members and neighbors to be sure they are safe and follow these tips:
· If possible stock your home with non-perishable food, bottled water, flash lights and extra blankets before a storm or cold front in case of power outages.
· Regularly check your fuel supplies.
· Keep fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Make sure everyone knows how to use the extinguishers and understands the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
· Make sure you have a cell phone with an alternative charging option (car, solar).
· Try to stay indoors during a storm.
· Drive only if necessary and during the day; do not travel alone, keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads only; push snow off of your vehicle; lift lighter loads.
· Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
· If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
· Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves; a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to reduce heat loss.
AFTER SNOWSTORMS AND DURING EXTREME COLD
More information: www.ready.gov/winter or www.maine.gov/mema/mema_masscare
- If your home loses power or heat for more than a few hours or if you do not have adequate supplies to stay warm in your home overnight, you may want to go to a designated public shelter if you can get there safely. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (e.g., SHELTER20472).
- Bring personal items that you would need to spend the night (toiletries, medicine). Take precautions when traveling to the shelter. Dress warmly in layers, wear boots, mittens, and a hat.
- Continue to protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.