NH DOS - KEEP SAFETY IN MIND WHEN RESPONDING TO THE STORMS

Department of Safety

Division of Homeland Security and

Emergency Management

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center at 4 PM today as it monitors the impact of the winter storm moving through the State and coordinates response efforts between utility companies and state and local entities.

 

“We’re closely monitoring this storm as a drop of just a few degrees can quickly make matters much worse,” State Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Perry Plummer said. “The most important thing for everyone to remember is that proper preparations and good decision making can prevent a tragedy.”

 

Plummer said the following simple safety precautions can keep people safe during the storm:

 

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Portable generators are convenient to have when winter storms hit, Plummer said. However, improper usage can lead to fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and electrocution, he said. For your own safety and the safety of the line crews attempting to restore power, please follow these guidelines:

 

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The ­New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is responsible for coordinating the State’s response to major disasters. This includes natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and severe winter storms, and human-caused disasters, such as nuclear power plant accidents or chemical spills. In our Homeland Security function, the Division also works on planning and training to prepare for terrorist attacks. For additional information about NH HSEM, go to http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/hsem/index.html. Follow NH HSEM updates on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NH_HSEM and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NH.HSEM. Also, sign up for NH Alerts to receive emergency information via your mobile and landline phones, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from NH HSEM. To learn more about NH Alerts and other preparedness tools, visit: www.readynh.gov.

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