With the impending blizzard in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, safety is critical

It is expected that varying snow totals will range from 2-5 inches in Maryland and Delaware to over 20 inches in the upper NY and New England area. Winds will gust over 50 mph making visibility extremely poor. During the height of the storm, 2-4 inches of snow per hour can be expected.

There is a strong potential for coastal flooding due to the high winds coming off the ocean.  Highest potential is Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. There is potential for power outages due to high winds. Coastal areas may see mixed precipitation which will result in heavy wet snow and an increased potential for power outages.

Below are some tips to help you during and after the storm:

During the Storm
  • Listen to local news and weather channels for situation developments and road closures.
  • Locate heaters, snow blowers, generators, and cold-weather equipment should it be needed.
  • Keep driveways, walkways, and doorways clear of snow and ice.
  • Open water faucets slightly to let water drip in order to keep water flowing through the pipes that are vulnerable to freezing. Ice may still form though the open faucet helps prevent the pipe from bursting by allowing relief for any built up pressure.
  • If evacuation occurs, consider your phone lines-redirection to cell phones, answering service.
  • Keep names and phone numbers of heating contractor, plumber, fire department, insurance agent, disaster recovery provider and building owner easily accessible.
  • Assign someone to check indoor temperatures should place of business be vacant for long periods of time.
After the Storm
  • Make sure all employees are fully briefed and informed about any transport diversions or time changes.
  • If damages occur, notify all critical employees of next steps.
  • Clear away snow safely to prevent flooding and icing.
  • Make sure heating systems and water pipes are working.
  • Check buildings for damage (e.g., downed power lines or trees, accumulated snow or ice).
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