IMPORTANT: Residents should use extreme caution when digging out from the storm. Excessive snow shoveling can cause a range of health problems, from back injuries to heart attack, if not done in moderation. Residents should not overexert themselves and should take frequent breaks from shoveling.
This snow storm has dropped heavy snow which could weaken roof structure and cause a collapse, homeowners should be mindful of the risk of personal injury to themselves and occupants before removing snow from roofs. A contractor could be helpful in assessing the need for snow removal.
Assisting our neighbors
Rhode Islanders who are able to help elderly neighbors and others who need assistance in removing snow are encouraged to do so. Residents are also asked to check on the welfare of elderly neighbors and those with special needs.
Avoid unnecessary travel in order to let the professionals properly treat the roadways. If your auto gets stuck in deep snow, do NOT let your engine idle if your exhaust pipe is buried. Idling with a buried exhaust pipe also risks carbon monoxide poisoning. If you suspect that you are experiencing CO poisoning, get fresh air immediately.
Here are some other tips for the road:
•Check road and weather conditions before leaving.
•Avoid traveling unless necessary and always allow yourself extra time to get to your destination.
•Make sure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition with snow tires and winter windshield wiper blades.
•Watch for and expect changing road conditions, black ice, blowing snow, high winds or whiteout conditions can appear when you least expect them.
•The single most important rule is to drive at a speed that matches the prevailing visibility, traffic and road conditions. The posted speed limits are for dry, clear conditions only.
•Be sure to leave yourself plenty of extra room, extend the distance from other vehicles ahead.
•If your car does not make it to your destination, pull as far off the road as possible, to minimize any further traffic hazards, and stay in the car. Even a short walk in winter storm conditions can be dangerous.
•Carry a cell phone and use 911 in case of an emergency, but do not become overly dependent on a cell phone.
RIEMA is reminding you that we are posting the latest information on our website which can be linked at www.riema.ri.gov.
The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, and local resources to protect the public during disasters and emergencies. RIEMA helps develop plans for effective response to all hazards, trains emergency personnel, provides information to families and communities, and assists in recovery from disaster losses. You can learn more about RIEMA by visiting the RIEMA homepage at www.riema.ri.gov.