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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
725 AM EST FRI NOV 07 2014


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES THAT SERVE NEW ENGLAND HAVE 
DECLARED THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 3RD THROUGH 7TH, WINTER WEATHER 
AWARENESS WEEK.  IN CONJUNCTION WITH WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS 
WEEK, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN GRAY WILL BE ISSUING 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS CONCERNING MANY ASPECTS OF WINTER 
WEATHER AND WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS.  THIS IS THE LAST IN A 
SERIES OF FIVE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS TO BE ISSUED THIS 
WEEK.


...WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS...

IN NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND, EVERYONE IS POTENTIALLY AT RISK DURING 
WINTER STORMS AND COLD WEATHER.  THE ACTUAL THREAT TO YOU DEPENDS 
ON YOUR SPECIFIC SITUATION, THE AMOUNT OF RISK YOU'RE WILLING TO 
TAKE, AND HOW PREPARED YOU ARE FOR THE POSSIBILITY THAT SOMETHING 
MAY GO WRONG. 

BASED ON STATISTICS, THE MAJORITY OF WINTER WEATHER-RELATED 
FATALITIES ARE MEN, PROBABLY BECAUSE MEN TAKE MORE RISKS, AND DO 
NOT PREPARE FOR THE POSSIBILITY THAT SOMETHING MAY GO WRONG.  THE 
MAJORITY OF THE FATALITIES RELATED TO SNOW AND ICE ARE ACTUALLY 
MEN OVER 40 YEARS OLD.  ABOUT 70 PERCENT OF THE FATALITIES OCCUR 
IN AUTOMOBILES WHILE ABOUT 25 PERCENT ARE PEOPLE CAUGHT OUT IN 
THE STORM.  AS FOR THE HYPOTHERMIA-RELATED FATALITIES, ABOUT 75 
PERCENT ARE MEN, ABOUT 50 PERCENT OF THE FATALITIES ARE PEOPLE 
OVER 60 YEARS OLD, AND ABOUT 20 PERCENT OF THE FATALITIES OCCUR 
INSIDE THE HOME.

...YOUR VEHICLE...

BEFORE WINTER BEGINS, BE SURE THAT YOUR VEHICLE IS READY FOR WINTER 
CONDITIONS.  CHECK THE ANTIFREEZE AND BATTERY TO MAKE SURE THEY 
CAN WITHSTAND NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND'S COLD WINTER TEMPERATURES.  
CHECK YOUR TIRES TO BE SURE THAT YOU WILL HAVE ADEQUATE TRACTION 
IN THE SNOW.  AND KEEP YOUR GAS TANK NEAR FULL TO AVOID WATER AND 
ICE IN THE FUEL OR FUEL LINES.  

TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE, TRY TO AVOID TRAVELING IN DANGEROUS 
CONDITIONS.  DON'T TAKE CHANCES.  BE PREPARED FOR THE 
POSSIBILITY THAT YOU MAY BECOME STUCK AND STRANDED, PARTICULARLY 
IF YOU DRIVE ON INFREQUENTLY TRAVELED ROADS.  WHEN RIDING IN A 
CAR, BE SURE TO HAVE THE APPROPRIATE WINTER CLOTHING WITH YOU.  
IF YOU GET STRANDED ON THE WAY TO WHERE YOU'RE GOING, YOU WILL 
NEED THOSE WARM CLOTHES.  IN A STORM, WHETHER BIG OR SMALL, ALLOW 
EXTRA TIME TO GET WHERE YOU'RE GOING.  THE FIRST 1/2 INCH OF SNOW 
IS SOMETIMES THE MOST SLIPPERY.  SLOW DOWN.  WHEN DRIVING, 
REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE MANY HAZARDS, SUCH AS BLACK ICE, THAT YOU 
WON'T SEE BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.  KEEP ALL YOUR WINDOWS CLEAR OF 
SNOW AND ICE AND CLEAR SNOW AWAY FROM YOUR CAR'S HEADLIGHTS AND 
TAILLIGHTS.  BE SURE THAT SOMEONE WHO IS NOT TRAVELING WITH YOU 
IS AWARE OF YOUR TRAVEL PLANS.  ALSO, CONSIDER PURCHASING A 
CELLULAR PHONE IF YOU FREQUENTLY TRAVEL IN ISOLATED AREAS IN THE 
WINTER. 

IF YOU SHOULD HAPPEN TO BECOME STRANDED IN A STORM OR IN EXTREMELY 
COLD CONDITIONS, STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.  RUN THE MOTOR ABOUT 10 
MINUTES EACH HOUR FOR HEAT.  MAKE SURE THAT THE EXHAUST PIPE IS 
NOT BLOCKED AND THAT THERE IS ADEQUATE VENTILATION TO AVOID CARBON 
MONOXIDE POISONING.  AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, MAKE YOUR VEHICLE 
VISIBLE TO RESCUERS BY TYING A RED-COLORED CLOTH TO THE ANTENNA 
OR BY TURNING ON THE INSIDE DOME LIGHT WHILE RUNNING THE ENGINE.  
MOVE YOUR ARMS, LEGS, FINGERS, AND TOES TO KEEP BLOOD CIRCULATING 
AND WARM. 


...OUTSIDE...
 
WHEN PLANNING WINTER ACTIVITIES, KEEP ABREAST OF THE LATEST 
FORECAST.  BE WILLING TO CHANGE YOUR PLANS IF THE WEATHER IS BAD.  
WHEN GOING OUTSIDE IN THE WINTER, ALWAYS DRESS FOR THE OUTSIDE 
CONDITIONS, EVEN IF YOU PLAN TO BE OUTSIDE FOR ONLY A FEW MINUTES.  
REMEMBER, IF YOU HAPPEN TO SLIP AND FALL, YOU COULD BE OUTSIDE 
FOR A LOT LONGER THAN YOU HAD PLANNED.  ALWAYS STAY WARM, AND WEAR 
LAYERED CLOTHING TO TRAP THE BODY'S HEAT.  IF NEEDED, YOU CAN PUT 
ON OR TAKE OFF CLOTHING TO HELP REGULATE YOUR BODY TEMPERATURE.  
WHEN OUTSIDE IN THE WINTER, TRY TO AVOID BECOMING OVERHEATED.  
PERSPIRATION CAN RAPIDLY COOL THE BODY TO BELOW NORMAL LEVELS.


...YOUR HOME...

YOUR HOME IS LIKELY THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A WINTER STORM.  
HOWEVER, YOU SHOULD PREPARE FOR THE POSSIBILITY THAT YOU MIGHT 
LOSE HEAT, PHONE SERVICE, ELECTRICITY, AND WATER DURING A STORM.  
IN PREPARATION FOR THIS POSSIBILITY, KEEP AN AMPLE SUPPLY OF EXTRA 
FOOD AND WATER, AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A SUFFICIENT SUPPLY 
OF ANY NEEDED MEDICINES.  HAVE A BATTERY OPERATED RADIO AND 
FLASHLIGHTS READY IN CASE THEY ARE NEEDED, AND HAVE PLENTY OF EXTRA 
BATTERIES AVAILABLE.  IF POSSIBLE, HAVE AN ALTERNATE SOURCE OF 
ELECTRICITY OR HEAT, BUT BE ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT YOU KNOW HOW TO 
OPERATE THAT ALTERNATE SOURCE SAFELY.  IF YOU PLAN TO USE AN 
ELECTRICAL GENERATOR, MAKE SURE THE GENERATOR IS CONNECTED 
PROPERLY TO YOUR HOME'S ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, AND THAT SMOKE AND 
CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS OPERATING PROPERLY TO ALERT YOU TO ANY 
UNANTICIPATED DANGERS.

IF YOU DO LOSE POWER TO YOUR HOME DURING A WINTER STORM, BE 
EXTREMELY CAREFUL WITH THOSE ALTERNATE SOURCES OF HEAT AND 
ELECTRICITY.  CLOSE OFF ANY UNNEEDED ROOMS AND BE SURE YOUR SMOKE 
DETECTORS ARE WORKING PROPERLY.  TOO AVOID CARBON MONOXIDE 
POISONING, OPERATE ELECTRICAL GENERATORS OUTSIDE IN A WELL 
VENTILATED AREA, AND BE SURE THAT THE FUMES ARE NOT BEING BLOWN 
BACK INTO YOUR HOME.  WEAR LAYERED CLOTHING TO KEEP WARM AND BE 
SURE TO EAT PLENTY OF FOOD AND DRINK PLENTY OF LIQUIDS SO THAT 
YOUR BODY CAN PRODUCE THE HEAT IT NEEDS TO STAY WARM. 

PREPAREDNESS TIP FOR THE DAY: 

BEFORE WINTER BEGINS, PUT TOGETHER A WINTER STORM SURVIVAL KIT 
FOR YOUR VEHICLE.  TAKE AN OLD COAT, OLD CLOTHES, AND AN OLD PAIR 
OF BOOTS; PUT THEM ALL IN A DUFFLE BAG; AND THROW THAT DUFFLE BAG 
IN THE BACK OF YOUR VEHICLE.  ALSO, THROW IN A SLEEPING BAG AND/OR 
WARM BLANKETS.  HIGH CALORIE, NON-PERISHABLE FOODS SHOULD BE 
INCLUDED AS THEY WILL HELP YOUR BODY STAY WARM IF YOU BECOME 
STRANDED FOR A PROLONGED PERIOD OF TIME.


QUESTION OF THE DAY:

DURING THE JANUARY 1998 ICE STORM AND RECOVERY PERIOD, WHICH OF 
THE HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH THE STORM CAUSED THE MOST INJURIES 
AND FATALITIES...

   ANSWER: WHILE IT IS DIFFICULT TO DOCUMENT ALL THE AUTO ACCIDENTS 
   AND ALL THE ICE RELATED INJURIES, THE NATIONAL WEATHER 
   SERVICE DOES KEEP TRACK OF FATALITIES THAT ARE DIRECTLY 
   ATTRIBUTED TO STORMS (DOES NOT INCLUDE AUTO ACCIDENTS).  
   DURING THE ICE STORM AND RECOVERY PERIOD, 8 PEOPLE DIED 
   IN MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE AS A RESULT OF THE STORM.  
   CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR 3 DEATHS, 
   HYPOTHERMIA WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR 3 DEATHS, 1 PERSON WAS 
   KILLED WHILE CLEANING UP FALLEN DEBRIS, AND ONE PERSON 
   WAS KILLED FROM A ROOF COLLAPSE.  IN ADDITION, A UTILITY 
   WORKER WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED BY A FALLING TREE, AND AN 
   ESTIMATED 300 TO 400 PEOPLE SUFFERED SOME LEVEL OF 
   CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING.


HERE'S A LISTING OF THE TOPICS THAT HAVE BEEN COVERED IN PUBLIC 
INFORMATION STATEMENTS DURING WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK.

MONDAY...NOVEMBER 3     - WINTER WEATHER BASICS.
TUESDAY...NOVEMBER 4    - WATCH...WARNING...AND ADVISORY
                          CRITERIA FOR WINTER STORMS.
WEDNESDAY...NOVEMBER 5  - WIND CHILL...EXTREME COLD...
                          FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA.
THURSDAY...NOVEMBER 6   - HIGH WIND...COASTAL FLOOD...AND
                          DENSE FOG THREATS.
FRIDAY...NOVEMBER 7     - WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS

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JENSENIUS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
GRAY, MAINE

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