WARWICK, RI – There is a winter storm watch in effect from Friday evening, through Saturday evening, promising 8 to 16 inches of snow and strong winds.
Winds could be as high as 60 mph, particularly on Cape Cod, according to the National Weather Service, which issued the watch for Rhode Island and parts of eastern, northeast and southeast Massachusetts. Combined with the expected snowfall, travel could be very difficult, if not impossible. Strong winds can damage trees, warns the NWS.
Snow Removal Reminders
All that snow has to go somewhere, and it shouldn’t stay on your sidewalks or pile up around fire hydrants:
- Sidewalk Ordinance City Law Sec. 70-102, Mandatory snow removal stipulates: “The owner, the occupant designated by the owner or any person having custody of a building or a lot of land bordering a street must have the snow removed from the sidewalk. this article is punishable by a fine of $100 for the first and second offence. »
- fire hydrant reminder Although sidewalks are covered by municipal ordinance, local fire departments ask for the public’s help in keeping fire hydrants clear of ice and snow.
Warwick Post Storm Center Info, Tips
RIBA – Make sure you are signed up for text alerts from the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association. You’ll receive emergency notifications (including school closures and delays) straight to your phone or via email.
CodeRED – The City of Warwick has implemented a new rapid emergency notification service called CodeRED®. The system will distribute emergency messages by telephone to targeted areas or throughout the town of Warwick. Register here.
TF Green Airport – Click here to track arrivals and departures at Green.
- In case of emergency, dial 911
- Police Department: 401-468-4200
- Fire Department: (401) 468-4000
- Highways Department/Snow Removal – 401-738-2000 ext. 6518
- Do NOT call 911 to report a power outage. Contact National Grid at 1-800-465-1212. Smartphone users can also text STORM to NGRID (64743) for outage alerts. To check outage status in your area, visit National Grid Outage Central for Rhode Island.
- Serve the IR is looking for volunteers to help neighbors in need with shoveling after the upcoming snowfall. You can register here. You can ask for their help at 401-331-2298. For all other needs, people should call United Way-2-1-1.
Listen to NOAA Radio: Check the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration radio frequency here.
Safety tips :
- If you use a generator to provide power during an outage, be sure to run it outdoors. Before operating the generators, disconnect from the National Grid system by turning off the main circuit breaker located in the electrical service panel. Failure to do so could compromise the safety of line crews and the public.
- Natural gas customers should carefully inspect areas around and above gas meters, service connections, and vents for debris that could damage equipment or prevent CO from venting properly.
- If you suspect a natural gas leak:
- get out – All occupants must leave the house immediately. Do not use the telephone or light switches under any circumstances.
- Call us – After leaving home and reaching a safe environment, call the National Grid 24-hour gas emergency numbers at 1-800-640-1595
- stay out – Don’t go home until National Grid tells you it’s safe.
Red Cross Extreme Cold Tips
The Red Cross has published a number of personal and homeowner tips for coping with extreme cold:
Avoid unnecessary exposure to cold. Be aware of weather and wind chill when planning outdoor activities. When preparing to go out in very cold weather, remember the following:
- Most of your body heat is lost through your head, so wear a hat, preferably one that covers your ears.
- Dressing in layers helps you retain heat. You can remove layers as needed if you get too hot.
- Mittens provide more warmth to your hands than gloves.
- Wear waterproof, insulated boots to prevent hypothermia or frostbite by keeping your feet warm and dry and to hold your foot in ice and snow.
- Immediately get out of wet clothes and warm core body temperature with a blanket or hot liquids like hot apple cider or soup. Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol if you think you or someone you are trying to help is suffering from hypothermia or frostbite.
- Recognizing the Symptoms of Hypothermia it can be a serious medical condition: confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and intense chills. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience these symptoms.
- Recognize the warning signs of frostbite: gray, white or yellow discoloration of the skin, numbness, feeling of waxy skin. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience these symptoms.