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Red Cross Says Be Prepared For Ice Storm Power Outage

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Judy Green- Red Cross Regional CEO: "We are dealing with the below wind chill temperatures, and such extreme Arctic cold, we really encourage people to stay home."

You've heard it before, dress warm, and stay inside, away from the snow and ice. But, the Red Cross says you need to protect your house too. Green: "It needs to start now, so just start thinking about it, for you as an individual, and as a family."

The Red Cross says many people are not prepared to lose power in the case of an ice storm. Green: "Always having plans for that unexpected."

There's a few things you are going to need to buy to be prepared if the power goes out at your house, like a flashlight here, and today I am shopping off of the red cross checklist and this is going to be available on their website. Be sure to have water, food, a first aid kit, and a radio.

Green: "Options if your heat goes out are space heaters, fireplaces, if you have any access if you have any, or generators." Never ever use a stove or oven to heat your house, the Red Cross says many times it can lead to a fire.

Green: "If you are worried about your pipes freezing, you can really just turn on the water for just a trickle, so they don't freeze or burst." Even if your power is still on pay attention to the pipes in your house. Green: "Open the cabinets for where your pipes are so the warm air that's in your house can stay close to your pipes to prevent them for freezing."

When you are dealing with these dangerous subzero temperatures, remember these three things. Green: "Getting a kit, making a plan, and staying informed."

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