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FEATURES
BEFORE THE STORM

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PREPARE

Prepare now in case a winter storm hits and you are home for
several days without power and heat.
* Prepare by gathering emergency supplies, making a family
plan, and discussing emergency notifications and expectations with your workplace and/or schools.
* Install battery-powered or battery back-up carbon monoxide detectors.
* If you have access to an OUTSIDE generator, have an
electric cord long enough to keep the generator at least 20
feet from any door, window, or vent.
* Make specific plans for how you will avoid driving.
* Be alert to changing weather conditions using local
alerts, radio, and other news sources for information and
instructions.

DURING THE STORM
SURVIVE
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Stay indoors and avoid driving as much as possible.
If the power goes out, close off unused rooms to consolidate and retain heat.
Wear layered clothing and use blankets or sleeping bags to
stay warm.
Bring pets inside.

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NEVER use generators, or outdoor heating or cooking
equipment, such as a grill, camp stove, or a gasoline or
propane heater, indoors.
NEVER heat a home with a stove.
If driving is absolutely necessary, keep disaster supplies in
your vehicle, make sure your vehicle is properly equipped,
and use extra precaution on the roads.
Limit your time outdoors. If you are outside, protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing several
layers of warm, loose-fitting, light-weight clothing.

AFTER THE STORM
RECOVER
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Driving conditions will still be dangerous; only drive
if necessary.
If the power is out for more than a few days, your community may set up warming shelters.
If you do not have adequate supplies to stay warm in your
home and you can get there safely, you may want to go to
a shelter.
If you go outside, dress in warm clothing, stay dry, and
avoid prolonged exposure to cold and wind to protect
yourself from frostbite and hypothermia.



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