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NOUS41 KPHI 132030

429 PM EDT MON MAR 13 2017

...Winter Storm Safety Tips...

An extreme situation is developing for portions of our area as a
major coastal storm is forecast to interrupt our usual daily
routines on Tuesday. Here are some tips to stay safe during the
storm. Keep in mind, not all impacts are going to be the same across
the region.

If your forecast calls for heavy snow, have a flash light and extra
batteries on hand. Have a battery powered portable and NOAA Weather
Radio on hand. Have extra non-perishable food and water on hand as
well as extra prescription medicine. Have extra baby items on hand
such as diapers and formula. Make sure your first aid supplies are
stocked. Know your heating fuel levels and have an emergency heat
source that is properly ventilated. Have a fire extinguisher on hand
and working smoke detectors. Have a working carbon dioxide detector.
Review your generator safety guidelines. For your pets, have extra
food on hand and a warm shelter.

If you absolutely need to be on the road, make sure you have a full
tank of gas. Make sure you have working lights, wipers, and a
heater. Make sure your mobile phone is charged. Carry blankets and
sleeping bags. Carry a flashlight and extra batteries. Have high-
calorie, non-perishable food on hand as well as extra clothes. Carry
a shovel and a tow rope as well as a sack of sand or cat litter for
traction. Have a windshield scraper and brush on hand as well as
battery booster cables. For those of you in rural areas, have a
compass and road maps on hand as well as a small can and waterproof
matches to melt snow for drinking water. Lastly, have a large can on
hand to use as an emergency toilet.

If your forecast calls for strong winds, secure loose outdoor items
as well as loose gutters and shutters. Move your car to a location
where it is less likely to be hit by falling trees or powerlines.
Keep a distance from high profile vehicles such as trucks, buses,
and vehicles that are towing trailers. If you drive a high profile
vehicle, consider postponing your trip.

If your forecast calls for tidal flooding, secure loose outdoor
items. Have access to sandbags or other material to protect your
home. Move your car to a location where it is less likely to be
affected by flooding and any blowing sand from nearby beaches.

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