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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
421 AM EST SUN NOV 9 2014

...THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 9TH THROUGH THE 14TH IS WINTER WEATHER
AWARENESS WEEK IN PENNSYLVANIA...

EACH DAY WE WILL FEATURE A DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL MESSAGE CONCERNING
THE DANGERS AND SAFETY CONCERNS ASSOCIATED WITH WINTER WEATHER.

TODAY`S MESSAGE...
PREPARE FOR WINTER WEATHER.

ONE OF THE KEY LESSONS FROM NATURAL DISASTERS OVER THE LAST SEVERAL
YEARS IS THAT INDIVIDUALS MUST BE PREPARED TO DEAL WITH THE EFFECTS
OF HAZARDOUS WEATHER CONDITIONS. TODAY WE EXPLORE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE
TO MITIGATE AGAINST PENNSYLVANIA`S SOMETIMES HARSH WINTER WEATHER.

HEAVY SNOW CAN PILE UP SEVERAL FEET...DELIGHTING SKIERS...BUT
CLOGGING ROADS OR TRAPPING US IN OUR HOMES. FREEZING RAIN CAN ROB US
OF ELECTRICITY OR TURN OUR HIGHWAYS INTO DEADLY THOROUGHFARES. BITING
COLD AND STRONG WINDS CAN MAKE THE SPOT BY THE FIREPLACE SEEM
COZY...BUT THEY ALSO NUMB OUR FINGERS AND TOES...OR EVEN WORSE.
THESE ARE ALL FACTS OF LIFE IN OUR TEMPERATE CLIMATE DURING THE
WINTER. HOWEVER, THERE IS PLENTY WE CAN DO TO HELP PROTECT OURSELVES
AND OUR LOVED ONES.

WINTER IS THE MOST DANGEROUS TIME OF THE YEAR FOR DRIVERS. NEARLY
THREE OUT OF EVERY FOUR WINTER WEATHER RELATED DEATHS OCCUR ON OUR
HIGHWAYS. WHEN ROADS ARE SNOW COVERED OR ICY...SLOW DOWN AND DRIVE
VERY CAREFULLY.

THE COLD WEATHER ALSO PUTS AN ADDED STRAIN ON VEHICLES. WE
SUGGEST...IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO...THAT YOU GET YOUR CAR IN
GOOD MECHANICAL WORKING ORDER NOW. MAKE SURE IT IS TUNED UP. CHECK
YOUR TIRES...BREAKS...WINDSHIELD WIPERS...AND ANTIFREEZE. IF YOUR
CAR IS IN GOOD WORKING ORDER...THERE IS LESS CHANCE IT WILL FAIL
WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST.

CONSIDER KEEPING A BLANKET OR A SLEEPING BAG IN YOUR CAR. PREPARE A
WINTER STORM SURVIVAL KIT FOR YOUR CAR. THIS KIT SHOULD INCLUDE A
FIRST AID KIT...FLASHLIGHT WITH FRESH BATTERIES...SHOVEL...SACK OF
SAND OR CAT LITTER...BOOSTER CABLES...TOW ROPE...ICE SCRAPPER AND
BRUSH...CANDY BARS OR OTHER HIGH ENERGY NON PERISHABLE FOOD...AND
PAPER TOWELS. YOU SHOULD KEEP YOUR GAS TANK AT LEAST HALF FULL TO
AVOID ICE IN THE TANK AND FUEL LINES.

CALL AHEAD TO YOUR DESTINATION TO TELL SOMEONE YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY.
TRY NOT TO TRAVEL ALONE AND USE PRIMARY ROADS AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE.
IF YOU ARE STUCK IN YOUR CAR DURING A WINTER STORM...STAY
THERE...AND TIE A BRIGHTLY COLORED CLOTH TO THE ANTENNA. DO NOT
ATTEMPT TO WALK TO SAFETY UNLESS YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE THE SHELTER YOU
WISH TO REACH.

YOU ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE RESCUED FROM YOUR VEHICLE THAN FROM A BARN
OR OTHER UNINHABITED...OUT OF THE WAY BUILDING. WHILE WAITING FOR
HELP RUN THE VEHICLES ENGINE AND HEATER FOR SEVERAL MINUTES EVERY
HOUR...JUST ENOUGH TO KEEP FROM BECOMING UNREASONABLY COLD. MAKE
SURE TO OPEN A WINDOW SLIGHTLY...AND CLEAR SNOW FROM THE TAILPIPE.
THIS WILL HELP PREVENT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING FROM THE EXHAUST.

DRESS WARMLY FOR THE COLD WEATHER. SEVERAL LAYERS OF LOOSE FITTING
CLOTHING ARE BETTER THAN ONE TIGHT FITTING GARMENT. MITTENS ARE
WARMER THAN GLOVES. DO NOT FORGET YOUR HAT SINCE THE BODY`S GREATEST
HEAT LOSS OCCURS THROUGH YOUR HEAD. WIND CHILL...THE COMBINATION OF
COLD TEMPERATURES AND WIND...CAN BE A REAL PROBLEM. A TWENTY MILE AN
HOUR WIND MAKES A BEARABLE THIRTY DEGREES FEEL LIKE A BITTER
SEVENTEEN DEGREES. THIS CAN HAVE AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON YOUR BODY. THE
STRONG WIND INCREASES THE DANGER OF FROSTBITE OR HYPOTHERMIA.

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS WHEN VENTURING OUT ONTO AN ICE COVERED BODY
OF WATER. AN ICE THICKNESS OF AT LEAST FOUR INCHES IS RECOMMENDED
TO SUPPORT A PERSON. SNOWMOBILES AND ATVS NEED AT LEAST FIVE INCHES
OF ICE...WHILE CARS AND LIGHT TRUCKS REQUIRE AT LEAST EIGHT TO
TWELVE INCHES. FACTORS WHICH CAN BE USED TO ASSESS THE STRENGTH OF
THE ICE INCLUDE THE ICE APPEARANCE...THICKNESS...DAILY
TEMPERATURE...SNOW COVER AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE LOAD ON THE ICE.

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