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Dec 11, 2013

North Smithfield Winter Storm


The North Smithfield Emergency Management Agency(NSEMA), which has an office at 575 Smithfield Road, offers winter preparedness steps to take before the storm for locals to protect their families and homes.

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Posted by: Craig

North Smithfield 12/11/2013

The North Smithfield Emergency Management Agency(NSEMA), which has an office at 575 Smithfield Road, offers winter preparedness steps to take before the storm for locals to protect their families and homes.

“Before snow, ice and severe winter weather hit the region, it is important that you take the proper steps to ensure the safety of your family and home,” said North Smithfield Emergency Management Director Peter Branconnier

Understand the winter terminology used by weather forecasters:

· Winter storm watch – Be alert, a storm is likely.

· Winter storm warning – Take action, the storm is in or entering the area.

· Blizzard warning – Snow and strong winds combined will produce blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill. Seek refuge immediately.

· Winter weather advisory – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous, especially to motorists.

· Frost/freeze warning – Below freezing temperatures are expected and may cause damage to plants, crops or fruit trees.

Ensure your Winter Emergency Supply Kit is stocked with supplies to enable you to survive on your own for at least three to five days. There should be a first-aid kit, essential prescription medicines, non-perishable foods (those that require no refrigeration such as canned goods, dried fruits and nuts), a manual can opener, water (one gallon per person, per day), flashlights and extra batteries along with a portable radio or NOAA Weather Radio, baby-care or pet supplies items, extra blankets, sleeping bags and a fire extinguisher.

Ensure that your Winter Emergency Car Kit is well stocked to keep you and your vehicle safe.

If a storm is coming that may bring power outages, fully charge your cell phone, laptop, and any other devices in advance of a power outage.

Do not call 911 to report your power outage or to ask for information, use 911 only for emergencies. Contact  National Grid, your local electric company,  to report the outage and get restoration information. Call 211 with other winter-related issues.

Consider purchasing a solar-powered or hand crank charger. If you own a car, purchase a car phone charger to enable you to charge your phone if you lose power at your home.

Trim dead tree branches and limbs close to your home. Ice, snow and wind can combine to snap limbs that can take down power lines or damage your home.

Have a computer or smart phone,  you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook or get on our NIXLE. Com  call list on the internet.

Like to learn more join our Community Emergency Response Team(CERT) training offered free locally.