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Prepare to weather winter storms

We’re cold-weather experts here in the north, adept at dressing for frigid temperatures and skilled at driving on snow and ice. We prepare to work and play in the cold, but we aren’t always ready when winter strikes a major blow.

Here are some tips to help you prepare:

  • Always keep your cellphone charged. Use it to notify ECE if your power goes out.


  • Have an emergency kit prepared. Include items such as bottled water, non-perishable foods, flashlights, a weather radio and extra batteries.


  • If you’re using an alternative heat source during an outage, know how to use it safely and gather all supplies needed to use it properly.


  • Dress warmly. Cover windows at night, close off unneeded rooms, and block the draft at the bottom of doors.


  • Venture outside only if necessary. Downed power lines can be buried in snow and ice. If you see a downed or hanging line, assume it is energized. Stay away, warn others to stay away, and contact ECE immediately.


  • If travel is necessary, be a cautious driver. Have an emergency kit in your vehicle, including a cellphone charging adapter, booster cables, a blanket, and a flashlight with extra batteries.


  • Never drive over a downed line. It could pull down the pole and other equipment, causing additional hazards. If you see a downed line, stay in your car, and call ECE.

How much water goes in your emergency kit? 1 gallon X # of people X 3 days

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