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Press Release

Department of Safety
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
State Emergency Operations Center
For Immediate Release: October 30, 2011
Contact: Jim Van Dongen, 603-223-3710

Governor, Emergency Officials Urge Citizens To Make Shelter Plans; Warn Of Storm Hazards

CONCORD, NH – Governor John Lynch and emergency officials urged citizens without power to make shelter plans, and warned everyone to be alert for storm-related hazards.

This weekend's storm knocked out power to about 285,000 utility customers and caused the closure of state and municipal roads, mainly due to heavy, wet snow bringing down trees and limbs onto power lines. Utility and highway crews are working to restore services, but the utilities are reporting that power could be out for several days.

"It is possible power will be without power for several days, so residents who are without power should consider alternative shelter plans," Governor Lynch said, also encouraging residents to check on their neighbors.

Anyone needing emergency assistance should call 9-1-1.

"We also urge people to be patient to be careful with the use of generators and alternative heat sources," said Christopher M. Pope, director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. "We also strongly encourage people to slow down and allow extra room between vehicles if they are traveling.

Pope also made these additional safety recommendations:

  • Report power outages to your utility company.
  • Seek alternate accommodations if your home becomes too cold.
  • Be careful when clearing snow from clogged snow blowers.
  • Never use outdoor heating appliances indoors. Outdoor charcoal and gas grills pose an extreme carbon monoxide danger.
  • Use candles and battery-powered lanterns for alternative lighting. Do not use candles because of the fire hazard.
  • Stay clear of downed wires and assume they are energized.
  • Avoid over-exertion while shoveling. Shoveling heavy, wet snow can trigger a heart attack.
  • When using roof rakes, avoid utility wires. Stay on the ground while using a roof rake. Never attempt to clear snow on a ladder.
  • Be a good neighbor. Check on the welfare of elderly or handicapped friends and neighbors.

The state Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor storm activities in the state.

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