WASHINGTON -- FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell spoke with several governors earlier today ahead of the winter storm forecast to affect areas along New England and coastal Mid-Atlantic/Northeast this weekend.
“We remain in close contact with our state partners as they prepare for this storm,” said Administrator Criswell. “FEMA is prepared to assist communities who may face impacts caused by the storm, and we continue to encourage everyone to follow the guidance of their state and local officials.”
Extreme travel disruptions may affect areas in the storm forecast areas. Avoid travel, if possible and listen to local updates for the latest road conditions and closures. If you must be on the road, make sure you have an emergency supply kit with food, water and blankets in your car.
- During and after a winter storm, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Make sure you have food, water and other supplies. Your kit should also include a battery-powered or hand-crank radio and extra flashlights and batteries.
- Make sure your phone and other electronic items are fully charged in case you lose power.
- Visit Ready.gov/winter-weather for tips to help keep yourself and your family safe.
- In addition to heavy snow, the eastern third of the country will experience bitter cold, so it’s important to make sure you have the proper supplies, including:
- Rock salt or pet-friendly chemical product to melt ice on walkways.
- Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
- Adequate clothing and blankets to help keep you warm.
- Don’t forget to include your pets in your winter weather planning, including food, water and blankets.