What to Do During a Winter Storm WARNING or a Blizzard WARNING
- Park vehicles in accordance with any snow emergency parking restrictions or bans that may be in effect in your community.
- Listen to local radio or television for updated emergency information.
- New Bedford residents should tune to the New Bedford Government Access Channel 18 or WBSM-AM 1420 radio for the most current local information and instructions.
- Stay indoors and dress warmly during the storm. Wearing layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than one bulky sweater. Remove layers to avoid overheating, perspiration and subsequent chill.
- Eat regularly. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.
- Keep the body replenished with fluids to prevent dehydration. Drink liquids such as warm broth or juices. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Conserve fuel. Winter storms can last for several days. Great demand may be placed on electric, gas, and other fuel (fuel oil, propane, etc.) distribution systems. Fuel deliveries may be delayed. Electric service may be temporarily disrupted. Lower the thermostat to 65°F during the day and 55°F at night. Close off unused rooms. Cover windows at night.