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How do you prepare for an ice storm?

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To prepare for an ice storm, create an emergency plan, and gather enough food, water and medical supplies to last for at least three days. To prevent weather-related accidents and illnesses, install fire and carbon monoxide detectors, stay indoors and insulate the home before the storm begins.

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  1. Create an emergency plan

    Determine the specific weather outlook for the upcoming storm, and locate nearby shelters that are available to the public in the case of an extended power outage. Do not leave home if the roads are not safe for travel unless it is an emergency.

  2. Gather the necessary supplies

    A reliable heat source, such as a wood-burning stove, food and water should be available to all members of the household for the duration of the storm. Store at least 1 gallon of water per person, per day, and enough non-perishable foods to last the household for at least three days. Increase the amount of food stored in the home if the storm is expected to impact travel for longer than three days.

  3. Prevent cold-related health issues

    Plan to remain indoors during the storm, and bring pets inside. Install carbon monoxide detectors, and check fire alarms for proper operation to prevent accidents and illnesses caused by faulty heat sources. If necessary, insulate water pipes and windows.

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