State officials are urging Pennsylvania residents to pay attention to forecasts calling for heavy snow across the eastern half of Pennsylvania from Wednesday night into Thursday.
Glenn Cannon, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, said with heavy, wet snow and possible ice in the forecast, people should prepare for potential power outages by making sure they have adequate supplies in their homes.
Cannon said a home emergency kit should allow a household to survive without outside assistance for at least three days and include basics such as: one gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, extra medication, a battery-operated radio and flashlights, a first aid kit, and any special needs items such as baby and pet supplies.
He also cautioned people to postpone travel whenever possible. Those who must drive should have a full tank of gas and an emergency kit with warm clothing, blankets, non-perishable food and water, and any needed items such as medications and baby and pet supplies.
People who remain in their homes without power should be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, officials said. Generators, charcoal grills, camp stoves, and other gasoline or charcoal-burning devices should not be used inside homes, garages or near windows, and homes should not be heated with gas ovens.
Secretary of Health Michael Wolf said people should also be careful when removing heavy snow. He said anyone who experiences chest pain, shortness of breath or any other symptoms of a heart attack should get immediate medical attention or call 911.
Wolf said people should also dress appropriately when removing snow, shovel in shifts, take breaks, and drink water to prevent dehydration.