Governor Maggie Hassan today encouraged New Hampshire residents to take precautions ahead of tomorrow's expected snow storm and to stay safe throughout. Governor Hassan today is participating in pre-storm conference calls and preparedness activities with local emergency responders and utilities. "With heavy snowfall and high winds expected from tomorrow's storm, we must all remember that preparation and safety begin at home," said Governor Hassan. "I encourage all New Hampshire residents to make sure they have the supplies needed to weather the storm and to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly and those experiencing disabilities, to ensure they are prepared as well. Road travel will be particularly hazardous during the height of the storm, so if you can, please stay off the roads and always stay safe." The state's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will also be activated throughout the storm. In addition to stocking up on emergency supplies, such as water and canned food, in advance of the storm, New Hampshire residents are encouraged to take the following precautions:
Monitor weather conditions via news media, NOAA weather radio or Internet sources.
Limit road travel during the storm to allow public works crews to clear and treat the roads.
Anyone who has to drive should slow down and allow extra space between vehicles. Drivers could experience sudden whiteout conditions during high wind gusts.
Keep vehicle fuel tanks at least half full.
Monitor snow loading, especially on flat roofs.
Be a good neighbor and check on the well-being of relatives and acquaintances, especially the elderly or others with special needs.
If the power goes out:
Use flashlights and battery-powered lanterns, not candles, for emergency lighting.
Operate emergency generators safely, with exhaust directed away from buildings.
Never use outdoor cooking appliances indoors because of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Report the outage to your electric utility.
Stay clear of downed wires. Always assume downed power lines are live.