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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.

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  • 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.

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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

SATURDAY► Skies start partly sunny, but clouds increase during the day and there could be a few showers later in the day.  Highs in the low 70s with a light northwest wind around 10mph shifting onshore by afternoon.

SUNDAY► Mostly cloudy skies and the coolest day of the holiday weekend. Highs around 65-70 thanks to an east to southeast ocean breeze around 10-15mph.  Most of the day remains dry, but some showers or a thunderstorm are possible towards evening and especially overnight.

MEMORIAL DAY► coudy skies and  still a little damp early in the morning with some lingering showers possible, then a mainly dry afternoon with partly sunny skies developing.  Highs in the mid 70s.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY► Partly sunny with an afternoon thunderstorm or two possible.  Warmer with highs around 75-80.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY► Partly sunny, dry, and pleasant with highs in the mid to upper 70s.