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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME
800 AM EDT FRI NOV 7 2014

...WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK ENDS TODAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES THAT SERVE NEW ENGLAND HAVE
DECLARED NOVEMBER 3RD THROUGH 7TH, 2014 WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS
WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN CARIBOU WILL FEATURE A
DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL TOPIC EACH DAY DURING THE WEEK.

TODAY`S TOPIC: WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS

IN NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE, EVERYONE IS POTENTIALLY AT RISK
DURING WINTER STORMS AND COLD WEATHER. THE ACTUAL THREAT TO YOU
DEPENDS ON YOUR SPECIFIC SITUATION, THE AMOUNT OF RISK YOU ARE
WILLING TO TAKE, AND HOW PREPARED YOU ARE FOR THE POSSIBILITY THAT
SOMETHING MAY GO WRONG.

BASED ON STATISTICS, THE MAJORITY OF WINTER WEATHER-RELATED
FATALITIES ARE MEN, PROBABLY BECAUSE MEN TAKE MORE RISKS AND DO NOT
PREPARE FOR THE POSSIBILITY THAT SOMETHING MAY GO WRONG. THE
MAJORITY OF FATALITIES RELATED TO SNOW AND ICE ARE ACTUALLY MEN OVER
40 YEARS OLD. ABOUT 70% OF THESE FATALITIES OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES,
WHILE ABOUT 25% ARE PEOPLE CAUGHT OUT IN THE STORM. AS FOR THE
HYPOTHERMIA-RELATED FATALITIES, ABOUT 75% ARE MEN, ABOUT 50% ARE
PEOPLE OVER 60 YEARS OLD, AND ABOUT 20% OCCUR INSIDE THE HOME.

YOUR VEHICLE

BEFORE WINTER BEGINS, BE SURE THAT YOUR VEHICLE IS READY FOR WINTER
CONDITIONS. CHECK THE ANTIFREEZE AND BATTERY TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN
WITHSTAND MAINE`S COLD WINTER TEMPERATURES. CHECK YOUR TIRES TO BE
SURE THAT YOU HAVE ADEQUATE TRACTION IN THE SNOW. IN ADDITION, KEEP
YOUR GAS TANK NEAR FULL TO AVOID WATER AND ICE IN THE FUEL OR FUEL
LINES.

AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, TRY TO AVOID TRAVELING IN DANGEROUS SITUATIONS.
DO NOT TAKE CHANCES. BE PREPARED FOR THE POSSIBILITY THAT YOU MAY
BECOME STUCK AND STRANDED, PARTICULARLY IF YOU DRIVE ON INFREQUENTLY-
TRAVELED ROADS. WHEN RIDING IN A CAR, BE SURE TO HAVE THE
APPROPRIATE WINTER CLOTHING WITH YOU. IF YOU ARE STRANDED ON THE WAY
TO WHERE YOU ARE GOING, YOU WILL NEED THOSE WARM CLOTHES. IN A
STORM, WHETHER BIG OR SMALL, ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO GET WHERE YOU ARE
GOING. THE FIRST HALF INCH OF SNOW IS SOMETIMES THE MOST SLIPPERY.
SLOW DOWN. WHEN DRIVING, REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE MANY HAZARDS, SUCH
AS BLACK ICE, THAT YOU WILL NOT SEE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. KEEP ALL
YOUR WINDOWS CLEAR OF SNOW AND ICE AND CLEAR SNOW AWAY FROM YOUR
CAR`S HEADLIGHTS AND TAIL LIGHTS. BE SURE THAT SOMEONE WHO IS NOT
TRAVELING WITH YOU IS AWARE OF YOUR TRAVEL PLANS.

IF YOU SHOULD HAPPEN TO BECOME STRANDED IN A STORM OR IN EXTREMELY
COLD CONDITIONS, STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE. RUN THE MOTOR ABOUT 10
MINUTES EACH HOUR FOR HEAT. MAKE SURE THAT THE EXHAUST PIPE IS NOT
BLOCKED AND THAT THERE IS ADEQUATE VENTILATION TO AVOID CARBON
MONOXIDE POISONING. AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, MAKE YOUR VEHICLE VISIBLE
TO RESCUERS BY TYING A RED-COLORED CLOTH TO THE ANTENNA OR BY
TURNING ON THE INSIDE DOME LIGHT WHILE RUNNING THE ENGINE. MOVE YOUR
ARMS, LEGS, FINGERS, AND TOES TO KEEP BLOOD CIRCULATING AND WARM.

OUTDOORS

WHEN PLANNING WINTER ACTIVITIES, KEEP ABREAST OF THE LATEST
FORECAST. BE WILLING TO CHANGE YOUR PLANS IF THE WEATHER IS BAD.
WHEN GOING OUTSIDE IN THE WINTER, ALWAYS DRESS FOR THE OUTSIDE
CONDITIONS, EVEN IF YOU PLAN TO BE OUTSIDE FOR ONLY A FEW MINUTES.
REMEMBER, IF YOU HAPPEN TO SLIP AND FALL, YOU COULD BE OUTSIDE FOR A
LOT LONGER THAN YOU HAD PLANNED. ALWAYS STAY WARM AND WEAR LAYERED
CLOTHING TO TRAP THE BODY`S HEAT. IF NEEDED, YOU CAN PUT ON OR TAKE
OFF CLOTHING TO HELP REGULATE YOUR BODY TEMPERATURE. WHEN OUTSIDE IN
THE WINTER, TRY TO AVOID BECOMING OVERHEATED. PERSPIRATION CAN
RAPIDLY COOL THE BODY TO BELOW NORMAL LEVELS.

YOUR HOME

YOUR HOME IS LIKELY THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A WINTER STORM.
HOWEVER, YOU SHOULD PREPARE FOR THE POSSIBILITY THAT YOU MIGHT LOSE
HEAT, PHONE SERVICE, ELECTRICITY, AND WATER DURING A STORM. IN
PREPARATION FOR THAT POSSIBILITY, KEEP AN AMPLE SUPPLY OF EXTRA FOOD
AND WATER, AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A SUFFICIENT SUPPLY OF ANY
NEEDED MEDICINES. HAVE A BATTERY-OPERATED RADIO AND FLASHLIGHTS
READY IN CASE THEY ARE NEEDED, AND HAVE PLENTY OF EXTRA BATTERIES
AVAILABLE. IF POSSIBLE, HAVE AN ALTERNATE SOURCE OF ELECTRICITY OR
HEAT, BUT BE SURE THAT YOU KNOW HOW TO OPERATE THAT ALTERNATE SOURCE
SAFELY. IF YOU PLAN TO USE AN ELECTRICAL GENERATOR, MAKE SURE THE
GENERATOR IS CONNECTED PROPERLY TO YOUR HOME`S ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,
AND THAT SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS ARE OPERATING PROPERLY
TO ALERT YOU TO ANY UNANTICIPATED DANGERS.

IF YOU DO LOSE POWER TO YOUR HOME DURING A WINTER STORM, BE
EXTREMELY CAREFUL WITH THOSE ALTERNATE SOURCES OF HEAT AND
ELECTRICITY. CLOSE OFF ANY UNNEEDED ROOMS AND BE SURE YOUR SMOKE
DETECTORS ARE WORKING PROPERLY. TO AVOID CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING,
OPERATE ELECTRICAL GENERATORS OUTSIDE IN A WELL-VENTILATED AREA, AND
BE SURE THAT THE FUMES ARE NOT BEING BLOWN BACK INTO YOUR HOME. WEAR
LAYERED CLOTHING TO KEEP WARM AND BE SURE TO EAT PLENTY OF FOOD AND
DRINK PLENTY OF LIQUIDS SO THAT YOUR BODY CAN PRODUCE THE HEAT IT
NEEDS TO STAY WARM.

PREPAREDNESS TIP FOR THE DAY

BEFORE WINTER BEGINS, PUT TOGETHER A WINTER STORM SURVIVAL KIT FOR
YOUR VEHICLE. TAKE AN OLD COAT, OLD CLOTHES, AND AN OLD PAIR OF
BOOTS; PUT THEM IN A DUFFEL BAG AND THROW THAT BAG IN THE BACK OF
YOUR VEHICLE. ALSO, THROW IN A SLEEPING BAG AND/OR WARM BLANKETS.
HIGH CALORIE, NON-PERISHABLE FOODS SHOULD BE INCLUDED, AS THEY WILL
HELP YOUR BODY STAY WARM IF YOU BECOME STRANDED FOR A PROLONGED
PERIOD.



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