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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

TUESDAY► Mostly cloudy with some patchy drizzle and fog possible early as well a few scattered showers through midday. Some breaks of sun are possible later in the day, or at the very least drier weather. Cooler with highs around 75-80, thanks to a northeast wind around 10-15mph.

WEDNESDAY► Partly to mostly sunny and a fairly cooler and comfier late July day, with an easterly ocean breeze at 10-15mph keeping highs in the mid to upper 70s.

THURSDAY► Partly sunny and warmer as the humidity begins to creep upwards once again.  Highs in the upper 70s to near 80 along the shore, closer to 85 on the mainland. South winds around 10mph.

FRIDAY► Partly sunny, warm, and humid with some passing showers and thunderstorms possible, but far from a washout. Our warmest day of the forecast with highs in the mid to upper 80s, and a south to southwest wind around 15mph.

NEXT WEEKEND► Becoming partly to mostly sunny and comfortably warm with fairly low humidity. Highs in the upper 70s along the shore with light sea-breezes, low 80s farther inland.