AUTHORITIES URGE STORM PREPARATION

by Christian Mower on October 26, 2012

STATE AUTHORITIES SAY THERE IS STILL A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY ABOUT HURRICANE SANDY – AND THEY ARE URGING NEW HAMPSHIRE RESIDENTS AND VISITORS TO MONITOR THE STORM’S PROGRESS THROUGH NEWS MEDIA AND THE INTERNET.

HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER POPE ALSO ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO REVIEW THEIR HOME EMERGENCY PLANS AND STOCK UP ON EMERGENCY SUPPLIES SO THEY CAN STAY IN THEIR HOMES FOR AS LONG AS THREE DAYS WITHOUT HELP.

HE ALSO RECOMMENDS YOU REMOVE LAWN FURNITURE AND OTHER OUTDOOR ITEMS THAT MAY BLOW AROUND IN HIGH WIND AND CAUSE DAMAGE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE SAYS A LARGE STORM COULD CAUSE WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES IF SANDY CONTINUES TO TRACK AS PREDICTED. PSNH SAYS IT IS MONITORING THE SITUATION AND WORKING TO GET ADDITIONAL LINE WORKERS. IT RECOMMENDS HOMEOWNERS USE THE WEEKEND TO STOCK UP ON USEFUL SUPPLIES.

WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST SPOKESPERSON COLLEEN MAINVILLE SAYS THE STORM COULD ARRIVE AS EARLY AS SUNDAY EVENING AND LAST THROUGH THURSDAY, NOV. 1ST. THE FOREST SERVICE STRONGLY ADVISES AGAINST TRAVEL IN THE FOREST BACKCOUNTRY DURING THE PERIOD AND URGES EXTREME CAUTION BE EXERCISED DUE TO THE HEAVY RAIN OR SNOW, POSSIBLE FLOODING, BAD ROAD CONDITIONS AND FALLING TREES THAT COULD HAPPEN IN THE FOREST.

STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS ARE MAKING PREPARATIONS TO RESPOND IF THE HURRICANE HITS NEW HAMPSHIRE. THEY SAY THE MAJOR THREAT FROM THE STORM WILL BE POSSIBLY HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING.

READINESS INFORMATION IS POSTED AT “READY NH” ON THE STATE’S WEBSITE AT www.nh.gov.

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