The ice storm that struck the northeastern US in December 2008 left 1.25 million homes and businesses without power. Described as the worst storm of the decade, a state of emergency was declared in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and parts of Maine.
A colossal ice storm hit North America in January 1998, leaving 4 million individuals without resources. 25 individuals were slaughtered by falling ice or blazes set by breaking down electrical units. The aggregate harm cost around $1 billion.
Would you not want to avoid the same for yourself and your family by taking precautionary measures to safeguard from ice storm?
Ice storm is brought on by solidifying raindrops. The raindrops move into a dainty layer of underneath freezing air right close to the surface of the earth, permitting them to stop on contact to the ground, trees, autos and different articles. Ice aggregates when super-cool downpour solidifies on contact with surfaces that are beneath the freezing point. That can be hazardous, particularly for older adults. All through the US, ice storms happen frequently amid the months of December and January. Ice storms have the peculiar impact of burying everything in the scene with a coating of ice so substantial that it can part trees into equal parts and transform streets and asphalts into deadly sheets of smooth, thick ice. Ice can expand the weight of branches by 30 times.
The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as the “deceptive killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. People die in traffic accidents on icy roads and of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold.
However, following some precautionary footsteps for Ice storms, much damage can be prevented. and lives can be safeguarded.
Following are some of the measures that can be taken before, during, and after encountering a ice storm.
Get an Emergency Supply kit before Ice Storm Strikes
Get an Emergency Supply Kit which incorporates things like non-perishable nourishment, water, a battery-fueled or hand-wrench radio, additional spotlights and batteries. Completely check and redesign your family’s Emergency Supply Kit before winter approaches and include the accompanying supplies in readiness for winter climate:
- Rock salt to liquefy ice on walkways
- Sand to enhance footing
- Snow shovels and other snow evacuation supplies.
- Likewise incorporate satisfactory attire and covers to keep you warm.
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Infant formula and diapers
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
- Cash or traveler’s checks and change
Make an Arrangement for the Family
- Make a Family Emergency Plan. Your family may not be as one when debacle strikes, so it is paramount to know how you will reach each other, how you will get back together and what you will do if there should be an occurrence of a crisis.
- Preselect places where your family will meet, both inside and outside of your prompt neighborhood.
- You might likewise need to ask about crisis plans at spots where your family invests time: work, childcare and school. In the event that no arrangements exist, consider volunteering to help make one.
Keep Car and Emergency Checklist
Minimize travel, but if travel is necessary, keep the following in your vehicle:
- Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries
- Windshield scraper
- Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Snack food
- Extra hats, coats, and mittens
- Chains or rope
- Tire chains
- Canned compressed air with sealant for emergency tire repair
- Road salt and sand
- Booster cables
- Emergency flares
- Bright colored flag or help signs
- First aid kit
- Tool kit
- Road maps
- Waterproof matches and a can to melt snow for water
- Paper towels
Know the Warnings For Ice Storms
Know what winter or Ice storm warning terms mean:
- Winter Weather Advisory: Expect winter weather condition (e.g., accumulation of snow, freezing rain, and sleet) that could cause severe inconvenience and life-threatening hazards.
- Frost/Freeze Warning: Expect below-freezing temperatures.
- Winter Storm Watch: Be alert; a storm is likely.
- Winter Storm Warning: Take action; the storm is in or entering the area.
- Blizzard Warning: Seek refuge immediately! Snow and strong winds, near-zero visibility, deep snow drifts, and life-threatening wind chill.
In the midst of Ice Storm
- Stay inside in the midst of the storm.
- Walk carefully on cool, freezing, walkways.
- Avoid overexertion when scooping snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart assault, a noteworthy explanation behind death in the winter. Take breaks, push the snow instead of lifting it when possible, and lift lighter loads.
- Keep dry. Change wet clothing customarily to keep a loss of body hotness. Wet attire loses every single bit of its securing regard and transmits warm rapidly.
- Drive just in case it is completely essential. On the off chance that you must drive: go in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others taught of your timetable; stay on essential boulevards and avoid nation porch simple courses.
- Let somebody know your end of the line, your course, and when you hope to arrive. On the off chance that your auto gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your foreordained course.
- Maintain ventilation when utilizing lamp oil radiators to keep away from fabricate up of lethal vapor. Refuel lamp oil warmers outside and keep them no less than three feet from combustible items.
- Conserve fuel, if essential, by keeping your habitation cooler than typical. Incidentally close off hotness to a few rooms.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºf.
After Ice Storm
If your home loses power or high temperature for more than a couple of hours or on the off chance that you don’t have sufficient supplies to stay warm in your home overnight, you may need to go to an assigned open shelter on the off chance that you can get there securely. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (e.g., SHELTER20472). Bring any individual things that you would need to use the night, (for example, toiletries, medicines). Take precautions when traveling to the shelter. Dress warmly in layers, wear boots, mittens, and a hat. Continue to protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.
The crippling effects of a great deal of snow or ice on day by day activities are extensive. Transportation is the spine of our economy, and the storm effects lead to consequences for private and business works out. Setbacks due to a ice storm may occur in view of lost salary to the state from people not satisfying desires and associations close (lost costs) and from extended expenses for snow departure and salting operations. The transport of stock and organizations may be unequivocally abbreviated. The effects of an Ice storm may influence various parts of our lives. Keeping in mind the end goal to take safeguards and be helped by our skill in time of risks, contacts Crisis Prevention and Business Restoration for consultancy by calling us at: 415.891.9107 or email us at: CPR4BIZ@gmail.com