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SOURCE Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- State health and emergency management officials are urging the public to pay attention to forecasts which currently call for snowfall across much of Pennsylvania today into Friday morning, followed by bitterly cold temperatures.
"People who do travel should be certain to have essential items in their vehicle such as food, water and warm clothes to help contend with the potential for dangerous conditions if travel delays occur," said Dave Holl, deputy director of operations at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. "Wind and extreme temperatures could lead to hazardous driving conditions, and dangerous wind chills will make it unsafe to be outside for any extended period of time."
While snowfall accumulation will vary greatly across the state, bitterly cold temperatures in the teens and single digits, accompanied by below-zero wind chills, will move in after the storm and will impact the entire state.
The Department of Health is urging Pennsylvanians to take the following commonsense steps to reduce the risk of health hazards during and after the storm:
Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning during power outages:
Stay as warm as possible:
Prevent snow removal injuries:
Never call 911 to request or report road conditions. When calling 911 to report an emergency, it is critical for callers to stay on the line, even if for an extended series of rings, until the operator answers. Hang-ups due to frustration result in key minutes being lost as 911 center personal attempt to reestablish contact.
To check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads, visit www.511PA.com or simply call 511.
The commonwealth's ReadyPA campaign encourages citizens to take three basic steps before an emergency occurs: Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Involved. More detailed information, including downloadable emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, is available online at www.ReadyPA.org or by calling 1- 888-9-READY-PA.
Cory P. Angell, PEMA; 717-651-2169
Penny Ickes, Health; 717-787-1783
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