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Press Release

For Immediate Release
December 20, 2013

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Communications Office
(603)271-2121

Governor Hassan Announces State Efforts to Prepare for Potential Weekend Ice Storm

CONCORD – Governor Maggie Hassan today announced that the state is taking steps to prepare for a potential ice storm beginning early Sunday morning. Storm forecasts are still shifting, with a wide area of the state at risk of significant icing, especially in areas of higher elevation.

"While there is still a great deal of uncertainty in the forecast, the potential for a significant ice storm this weekend means we must make preparations and take every precaution to support local communities," Governor Hassan said. "We have been in communication with utilities, who are preparing to bring in additional crews to address any potential outages, and we are in regular contact with local emergency response personnel to ensure that they have the information and resources they need."

"I met directly with department heads this morning, and all state agencies are taking appropriate steps to prepare," Governor Hassan said. "In addition, we will be opening the state's Emergency Operations Center and will increase EOC staffing as we reach the height of the potential storm."

"There is still uncertainty about the impact of this storm, but portions of New Hampshire may experience moderate to heavy icing, especially eastern areas of the State," said Perry E. Plummer, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. "We may see ice up to one inch accumulating on trees and power lines resulting in power outages."

"I encourage all Granite Staters to take appropriate precautions, such as limiting travel in areas affected by ice, making sure to have appropriate supplies and checking in on neighbors, especially the elderly or those experiencing disabilities. Residents should also clear heavy snow loads off of roofs and be sure to run generators safely if needed with appropriate ventilation," Governor Hassan said.

In addition to stocking up on emergency supplies, such as water and canned food, in advance of the storm, Granite Staters are encouraged to take the following precautions:

  • Monitor weather conditions via news media, NOAA weather radio or Internet sources.
  • Have at least three days of non-perishable food and two gallons of water per day per person on hand as well as a manual can opener.
  • Have on hand flashlights, a portable radio and extra batteries.
  • Keep vehicle fuel tanks at least half full.
  • Fully charge cell phones, laptops and any other devices before the storm.
  • Assemble a first aid kit including prescription medications and special items for infants or people with disabilities.
  • Before the storm set refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings. .
  • Be a good neighbor and check on the well-being of relatives and acquaintances, especially the elderly or others with access and functional 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. Do not call 9-1-1 unless there's an emergency.
    • Stay clear of downed wires. Always assume downed power lines are live.
    • Practice generator safety, following operator manuals and tips available at http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/firesafety/bulletins/documents/2012-03ResidentialGeneratorSafety.pdf pdf file

The New Hampshire Insurance Department has also issued ice storm preparedness tips available here: http://www.nh.gov/insurance/media/pr/2013/documents/pr_122013.pdf pdf file.

Additional information will be posted at http://www.nh.gov/readynh/,

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