CONWAY EMERGENCY DIRECTOR URGES PREPS

by Gair on October 26, 2012

CONWAY FIRE CHIEF AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR STEVE SOLOMON SAYS BY THE TIME HURRICANE SANDY REACHES CONWAY, IT WILL BE A POST-TROPICAL HYBRID STORM OF LARGE SIZE AND GREAT INTENSITY.

SOLOMON SAYS THE STORM’S TRACK – WHICH IS STILL UNCERTAIN – WILL DETERMINE HOW MUCH WIND AND RAIN IT BRINGS, BUT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS ANYWHERE FROM FOUR TO 8 INCHES COULD FALL STARTING LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON TO OVERNIGHT MONDAY, WITH WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 60 MILES PER HOUR.

SOLOMON SAYS NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO DRIVE THROUGH A FLOODED ROADWAY – AND THAT MEANS IF WEST SIDE RD. IN CONWAY FLOODS WITH EVEN A FEW INCHES OVER THE ROAD, IT WILL BE CLOSED.

HE URGES PEOPLE TO PLAN ACCORDINGLY AND LISTEN IF YOU ARE ASKED TO EVACUATE.

SOLOMON RECOMMENDS CONWAY RESIDENTS CLEAN UP LOOSE ITEMS OUTSIDE AND MOVE ITEMS LIKE TOYS AND OUTDOOR FURNITURE INTO A GARAGE OR SHED.

PEOPLE ARE URGED TO STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED POWER LINES AND TREES AND LET EMERGENCY CREWS HANDLE THEM, ESPECIALLY IF WIRES ARE INVOLVED.

HAVE ESSENTIALS IN CASE YOU ARE STUCK AT YOUR HOUSE WITHOUT POWER. THE CHIEF SAYS IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A FEW DAYS’ SUPPLY OF FOOD, WATER, MEDICATIONS AND BABY SUPPLIES IN CASE YOUR ROAD IS BLOCKED AND YOU HAVE NO POWER.

SOLOMON SAYS HE WILL PASS INFORMATION ON THROUGH THIS RADIO STATION, INCLUDING DAMAGE REPORTS AND ROAD CLOSURES – AS LONG AS IT IS AVAILABLE.

HE RECOMMENDS CHECKING PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION – READY NH – ON THE STATE’S WEBSITE AT www.nh.gov.

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