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After the storm: How to stay safe, and to better prepare for the next storm

From the What to do AFTER a winter storm series
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When the worst of the storm has passed but you have been negatively impacted by the snow, cold, or ice, what do you do?

If your home loses power or heat for more than a few hours or if you do not have adequate supplies to stay warm in your home overnight, you may want to go to a designated public shelter if you can get there safely.

  • Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (e.g., SHELTER20472)
  • Bring any personal items that you would need to spend the night (such as toiletries, medicines). Take precautions when traveling to the shelter. Dress warmly in layers, wear boots, mittens, and a hat.
  • Continue to protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.

It's also important to learn lessons from every storm, and learn how you can improve your winter storm readiness so that you can be better prepared the next time a storm strikes South Jersey. Here are some tips:

  • Restock your emergency supplies to be ready in case another storm hits.
  • Assess how well your supplies and family plan worked. What could you have done better?
  • Take a few minutes to improve your family plan and supplies before the next winter storm hits.
  • Talk to your neighbors and colleagues about their experiences and share tips with each other.

Meteorologist/Staff Writer

Broadcast meteorologist for 15 years (Marquette, Michigan; Burlington, VT; Albany, NY; South Jersey). NBC40 Chief meteorologist from December 2003 through December 2014. Press meteorologist since January 2015

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Here is Your South Jersey Forecast

SUNDAY► Mostly cloudy, breezy, and muchcooler with a shower or two possible, but like Saturday, mostly dry.  However, easterly ocean breezes around 10-15mph will lead to Sunday being 30 degrees cooler than Saturday, with highs only around 45-50 for the second half of the weekend.

MONDAY► Mostly cloudy once again but milder with highs in the low 60s, and a few rain showers expected.  South winds around 15mph.

TUESDAY► Mostly cloudy with showers likely, probably the wettest day of the forecast.  Still mild with highs in the low 60s.  South to southwest winds around 10mph.

WEDNESDAY► Partly sunny and drier with highs around 60. Northwest winds around 10mph.

THURSDAY► Partly to mostly sunny and a bit cooler with highs in the low to mid 50s, seasonable for late March.

FRIDAY► Mostly cloudy with our next chance of rain.  Highs in the mid 50s.