Heavy snow and ice over the weekend on the East Coast knocked power out to thousands of homes.
The National Weather Service said the greatest area of concern was from central Virginia to southeast New York. Some areas could see another quarter inch of ice before temperatures rise late Monday morning and the storm system departs.
1) Stay warm.
Wear layers of clothing and a hat, gloves and a scarf. Move around to keep your body temperature up. Check on your elderly neighbors. Cold temperatures can cause hypothermia, which happens when your core body temperature is lower than 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Symptoms include shivering, fatigue, loss of coordination and disorientation.
2) Do not open the refrigerator door.
If an outage is less than four hours, your refrigerated food is still safe to consume. If the outage lasts longer than four hours, throw out perishable items.
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3) Use bottled, boiled or purified water.
Avoid using tap water. During an outage, water purification systems may not work fully.
4) Use battery-powered flashlights.
Avoid candles, gas lanterns or torches, which are fire hazards.
5) Have supplies ready.
FEMA suggests having an emergency plan, such as making sure all family members have the phone number of an out-of-state friend or relative to notify that they are safe. Prepare a disaster supply kit with water, dried and canned food, flashlights, batteries and first-aid supplies. It should be enough to last at least three days.
6) Keep your car's gas tank at least half full.
Most gas stations rely on electricity to power the pumps, so you won't be able to fill up if the station doesn't have power.
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