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Plan ahead for all types of weather!
Terms to know:
A WATCH means severe weather is possible within a designated area. Be alert and stay tuned to NOAA tone-alert weather radio or local radio and television stations.
A WARNING means severe weather is imminent or has been spotted in the area. Take necessary precautions at once and stay tuned to local weather reports.
MONITOR NOAA Weather Radio or Emergency Alert System radio and television broadcast stations for updated weather information. Listen for the terms Watch, Warning, or Advisory.
When Inclement Weather Hits
Remain calm, but take immediate action.
- If on vacation or driving through an unfamiliar area, remember the county you are in and where you are in relation to other towns and cities.
- Know how to get to a safe place quickly if a weather warning is issued. Develop a plan for you and your family at home, work, school, and when outdoors.
- Check on neighbors who require special assistance: infants, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Don't forget to plan for your pets and/or livestock!
- Alert your utility if someone in your family uses life-support equipment.
- Avoid all downed power line--assume they are live with electricity.
If your lights go out:
- Call your utility first to determine area repair schedules.
- Turn off or unplug lights and appliances to prevent a circuit overload when electric service is restored. Leave one light on to indicate that power has been restored.
- To help prevent freezing pipes, turn on faucets slightly. Running water will not freeze as quickly.
- DO NOT use charcoal to cook indoors. It can cause a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide gas. DO NOT use your gas oven to heat your home. Prolonged use of the open oven in a closed house can also create carbon monoxide gas. Make sure all fuel space heaters are used with proper ventilation.
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to help reduce food spoilage.
Have disaster supplies on hand, including:
- Extra batteries
- Battery-operated radio
- Essential medicines
- Emergency food and water
- Manual can opener
- Extra blankets and sleeping bags
- Fire extinguisher
- First aid kit and manual
- Checkbook, cash
- Emergency heating equipment
- Credit/ATM cards
For more information, contact the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 315/591-9150.
Sources: New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission and the National Weather Service
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