After the Storm
Below are tips on what to do after a storm has occurred.
- Clear downspouts. As the snow begins to melt, it needs someplace to go. Clear the snow, ice, or debris away from the bottom of the downspouts at ground level. This will provide a pathway for the melting snow. Do not climb on your roof to remove the snow or ice.
- Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. Access may be limited to some parts of the community or roads may be blocked.
- Follow forecasts and be prepared when venturing outside. Major winter storms are often followed by even colder conditions, so it is important to continue monitoring the situation.
- Help a neighbor who may require special assistance - infants, elderly people, and people with disabilities. Elderly people and people with disabilities may require additional assistance. People who care for them or who have large families may need additional assistance in emergency situations.
- Use caution when driving. As the roadways are cleared, large banks of snow line the streets and intersections. Use caution when driving, especially around intersections. Visibility may be obscured due to the large snow. Also, as evening approaches, the temperature falls. This can contribute to icy conditions or black ice.
- Watch for pedestrians. Due to the large volume of snow, the majority of sidewalks are impassable which increases pedestrian traffic along roadways. Use caution when driving, you may not be able to stop as quickly as normal with the snow-covered or wet pavement.