NH DOS - BLIZZARD-LIKE CONDITIONS WILL CAUSE A TREACHEROUS COMMUTE

STATE OFFICIALS ASK RESIDENTS TO AVOID TRAVELING

 

CONCORD, NH – State Department of Safety urges residents to stay home tomorrow as blizzard-like conditions with snow, high winds and periods of zero visibility are expected during the commute.

 

“Don’t travel unless absolutely necessary,” State Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Perry Plummer said. “The morning commute will be extremely dangerous and should be avoided. If you have to travel, have an emergency kit in your car and take proper travel precautions.”

 

At a minimum, an emergency kit for traveling should contain bottled water, food, a blanket, prescriptions, a flashlight, a small shovel, a first aid kit and a whistle, Plummer said.

 

Plummer also recommended the following travel precautions:

Drive only if absolutely necessary and only during the day.         

Stay on main roads and let someone know your destination, arrival time and route

  • If you become trapped in your car:
    • Turn on your hazard lights and hang a distress flag from your antenna or window.
    • Remain in your vehicle and do not set out on foot during a blizzard unless you can see a building close by where you know you can take shelter. If you do leave the vehicle, use extra caution because distances are distorted by blowing snow.
    • Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. When the engine is running, open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe to guard against possible carbon monoxide poisoning.
    • Huddle with other passengers and use your coat or emergency kit blanket to stay warm.
    • Take turns sleeping. One person should be awake at all times to look for rescue crews.
    • Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.