Red Cross Tips for Warmth, Safety During Nor’easter

The Nor’easter is here. Snow has been falling since mid day and weather forecasters are saying strong winds are on their way. If you’re not comfortable staying at home tonight, it’s not too late for you to join us at one of our shelters for hot meals, warm beds and hugs. Image

We have opened several shelters throughout the region. See a full list here:
 
 
If you have no power and are staying in your home, you should:
 
Gather everyone, including pets, in one small, well-insulated room with few windows. A room facing south is warmer. Block this room off and put cardboard and blankets over the windows at night to minimize heat loss. If you have hardwood floors, add a carpet or blanket.
 
Dress in thin, loose layers instead of bulky garments. Wear a hat, gloves, scarf and heavy socks. Wrap yourself in blankets if needed. Use hand and feet warmers if available.
 
At bedtime, layer blankets over you. Wear layers of clothing and a hat.
 
Check on your elderly neighbors
 
Keep tuned to the news – hopefully on your battery operated radio
 
The use of barbeque grills and hibachis as alternative heat sources is dangerous and not recommended.

Stay safe, everyone!
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