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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

High Wind Advisory in Effect - Safety Tips

High Wind Advisory in Effect Safety Tips

  • Be aware of vehicles around you. High winds are more problematic for drivers of trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, campers, and drivers who are towing trailers.
  • Reduce your speed and correct your steering, especially when moving from a protected area to an unprotected area, or when meeting large vehicles.
  • Wind is often accompanied by heavy rain or winter precipitation. Stay alert for slippery areas.

Erie County Emergency Management 
has a great article about foods that do not have to be refrigerated if power is lost

Often, when emergencies such as blizzards strike, the elderly and isolated are affected most severely. Vans that take people places cannot run on schedule due to driving hazards. The meals on which people depend may not be delivered on schedule. Because Senior Services recognizes that planning can help in these situations, we have developed this page to help you prepare for emergencies.
Of course, an ideal situation is to be prepared for an emergency before it happens. Below is a list of suggested foods and materials to set aside in an easily accessible location. It is suggested you purchase enough emergency food for at least 7 days.

Due to the canning process, you can eat these foods without cooking (in the event you do not have access to a stove top) including:
  • Cut Green Beans
  • Sliced Beets
  • Sliced Carrots
  • Whole Kernel Corn
  • Sweet Peas
  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Grapefruit Juice
  • Orange Juice
  • Apricot Halves
  • Fruit Cocktail
  • Sliced Pears
  • Chunk Ham
  • White Meat Chicken
  • Pork & Beans
  • Chunk Light Tuna in Water
  • Beef Stew
  • Non-Fat Dry Milk
  • Graham Crackers
  • Cookies
  • Corn Flakes
  • Rice Krispies
(The above foods are included in “Blizzard Boxes” distributed to Meals on Wheels clients)
Other suggestions: granola bars, dried fruits such as prunes/raisins, canned corned beef, Spam, salmon, sardines, peanut butter, canned puddings, cheese spread, jelly, ham, marmalade, etc. Additionally, keep a manual can opener as electric power may be out due to downed power lines, and disposable utensils. Also keep bottled water in case water mains freeze. Always have batteries on hand.
For City of Buffalo residents, during an emergency, the web site at will be updated every few hours to indicate which streets in the city have been plowed, and which are not passable. When a snow emergency is declared (not normal Buffalo snowfall) this system will be in effect. It will also identify off-street parking areas, shelters, emergency transportation routes and storm-damaged buildings.
Local television and radio stations are very good at announcing/tracking current closings/delay situations.
The following information is from the New York State Emergency Management Office at

 Motion Center will be monitoring the weather and power outage situation, i f it arises and you can check on your family members by clicking on the power company icon to the right .

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