What you need to know before the snowstorm arrives


BANGOR, Maine (WABI) – TV5 will be hosting a special noon Saturday newscast and giving hourly updates to keep our viewers safe and informed!

Here is a list of things you need to know/how you should prepare for the coming storm this weekend.

STAY HOME if you can!


Bangor: No parking in parking lots or public streets from 01/29 06:00 until 01/30 06:00. More details here.

Waterville: no parking throughout the city from 29/01 at 12:00 p.m. until 30/01 at 06:00 a.m. More details here.

Rockland: Prohibition of parking in all streets and parking lots of the city from 01/29 at 6:00 a.m. until 01/30 at 8:00 a.m. More details here.

Camden: No parking from 01/29 8:00 a.m. to 01/30 06:00 a.m. More details here.


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What you should have in your home emergency kit.

What you should have in your automotive emergency kit.

Versant Power’s plan to respond to the snowstorm.

CMP storm information and emergency resources.

What to do before, during and after a storm, according to MEMA:

– Stay away from the road during and just after a winter storm, if possible. – Have a carbon monoxide alarm in place, especially if using alternative heaters. – Use safe heaters and keep them 3 feet or more away from anything flammable. – Keep the thermostat set at the same temperature day and night. A snowstorm is not the time to turn down the thermostat at night to save a few dollars on your heating bill. – For long term solutions, add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces to maintain higher temperatures in these areas. To prevent drafts, seal cracks and openings around windows, doors and sill plates where the house rests on its foundation.

**Take care during the storm:**

– Stay away from the roads, if possible. If you are traveling and get stuck in your car, stay put and call for help. Run the engine just long enough for it to warm up, but be careful not to run out of gas. – Limit your time outdoors. If you must go out, wear several layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. – Reduce the risk of heart attack by avoiding overexertion when shoveling or walking in snow.

**Cleaning up after the storm:**

– Shovel two exits from your accommodation. Clear the snow from the furnace vent. – Wait for the storm to end before climbing onto your roof to clear the snow. – Have a lookout! Don’t climb on your roof or clean it alone in case something goes wrong. – Look for signs of collapse; sagging roof, major leaks, cracks or splits, bends or waves in supports, cracks in masonry, doors opening and creaking, creaking or banging. – Use a snow rake or broom for sloped roofs. Avoid metal tools that can conduct electricity from power lines and could damage your roof. – Try to remove 2-3 inches of snow at a time to avoid damaging your roof or shingles. – Wear a helmet or goggles when clearing snow and be careful when removing ice cubes. – Make sure gutters, drains and downspouts are free of ice and snow. – Do not use open flames or electric heaters to remove snow or ice. – Remember that ladders can be slippery. Ice can build up on the rungs and on your boots. – Dress appropriately, take your time, stay warm and stay safe. – Consider hiring a professional as snow removal can be dangerous.

For more preparedness and safety information, please log on to www.MainePrepares.com”>https://www.maine.gov/mema/maine-prepares”>www.MainePrepares.com or visit MEMA on Facebook or Twitter.

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