Officials say the combination of heavy, wet snow and high winds may make traveling difficult and can bring down trees, utility poles, power lines and communication towers.
The Frederick County Department of Emergency Preparedness reminds citizens to take steps to stay safe during this winter storm. Officials say the combination of heavy, wet snow and high winds may make traveling difficult and can bring down trees, utility poles, power lines and communication towers.
Seamus Mooney, Director of Emergency Preparedness, said to keep supplies of clean drinking water and foods on hand that can be eaten without cooking in case you lose power for a few days.
"Keep an eye on neighbors, particularly those who are elderly, who are caring for young children or living alone. Stay indoors during the storm," Mooney said.
Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. Let someone know the destination, the route and expected arrival time. "Park vehicles away from trees and power lines when possible," Mooney said.
If you lose power, close off unneeded rooms and congregating in the warmest room with a supply of blankets will help conserve the heat in the house. DO NOT use candles for light. Candles are a leading cause of house fires. Instead, stock battery-operated lights, such as flashlights, and a good supply of batteries.
Keep a battery-operated radio and batteries on hand to stay abreast of news and information. A corded telephone that is plugged directly into the jack can operate without electricity.
Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.