Be Prepared for a Powerful Weekend Storm
The National Weather Service is forecasting that today’s Spring-like weather will soon be replaced by high winds, flooding, and a mix of rain and snow, as a “major coastal storm” moves through eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island tonight through Saturday. With high winds comes the potential for property damage and power outages, also driving rain brings the potential for coastal flooding and other water-related issues.
The following steps can help ensure your and your family’s safety and minimize any damage to your home and possessions.
- Remain calm and put together a storm kit that includes adequate medical/prescription supplies. (Click here to view National Grid’s Storm Kit checklist)
- Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings ahead of time to keep food fresh longer in the event of a power outage.
- Turn off and unplug any unnecessary or sensitive electrical equipment.
- Charge the battery for your cell phone and laptop computers.
- Make sure that your home is secure, shuttered, and able to withstand high winds.
- If your area is prone to flooding, move your car to a garage or higher ground and avoid parking in any low-lying areas.
- If your area is prone to flooding, inside your home, move furniture and electronic devices off the floor, particularly in basements and first floor levels.
- Pay attention to your local authorities for any severe weather warnings or important updates.
- Read the Flood Safety Tips on the Mass.gov website and take preventive steps to prepare for possible coastal flooding.
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Article Sources: “Flood Safety Tips” Mass.gov and “How to plan for a Storm” National Grid. com