Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Check out these safety tips for before, during and after winter storms.
Northeast Ohio, including Brecksville, is expected to see heavy snow Wednesday afternoon and evening. The American Red Cross has a few tips for what to do during and after the storm, including what to do if there’s a power outage: For more safety tips, including what to have ready for the next storm, check out the full PDFs from the Red Cross above.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Residents are starting to see the high winds and power outages that Hurricane Sandy has pushed to our area.
Residents in Northeast Ohio are beginning to see the impact of Hurricane Sandy as high winds cause power outages across the area and huge waves on Lake Erie. The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for all of Northeast Ohio effective until 4 p.m. Tuesday. More coverage: Hurricane Sandy in Northeast Ohio These winds will be sustained at 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts of up to 65 miles per hour, the NWS predicts. In addition, a lakeshore flooding warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Waves on the lake could reach up to 22 feet high and the lake will rise three feet over normal levels. A flood watch is in effect for all of Northeast Ohio as we face steady and sometimes heavy rain through Tuesday evening. All …
FirstEnergy preparing for outages across the area as high winds are expected to gust for roughly 24 hours.
Hurricane Sandy could cause power outages beginning tonight and into tomorrow evening in Northeast Ohio, a FirstEnergy spokesperson said. The hurricane is expected to bring strong winds to all of Northeast Ohio for a roughly 24-hour period beginning this evening. Crews have been sent from Ohio to the East Coast, where damage is expected to be more severe and widespread, spokesperson Mark Durbin said, but crews in Northeast Ohio are fully equipped to respond the storm. More coverage: Hurricane Sandy in Northeast Ohio “We would not have sent those crews if we didn’t think we had adequate staffing here to deal with outages,” Durbin added. Though the company is not in “storm mode” yet, crews in Northeast Ohio have been told to prepare for …
Here are guidelines from the USDA regarding the safety of food in a refrigerator without power.
With Hurricane Sandy predicted to bring high winds and power outages to Northeast Ohio today, food safety is a concern. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service prepared a fact sheet for keeping food safe during an emergency, including losing power. The USDA says to "keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature." But the refrigerator will only keep food safely cold for about four hours if unopened during a power outage, according to the USDA. A full freezer will hold the temperature for about 48 hours if full (24 hours of half full), the USDA says. The USDA emphasizes "never to taste food to determine its safety" and says that you should "evaluate each item separately." Generally…
Friday, October 26, 2012
Frankenstorm is likely to impact Northeast Ohio; here's what you can do to prepare.
The path of Hurricane Sandy's impact stretches as far inland as Northeast Ohio, and meteorologists warn that high winds could cause power outages in the area early next week. More: How Will 'Frankenstorm' Affect Northeast Ohio? The Red Cross recommends that local residents have a power outage preparedness kit that includes water, food, flashlights, a radio, first aid kit, emergency documents and extra cash in case of a prolonged or widespread power outage. More on power outage preparedness here. The organization also has a Hurricane Safety app that includes a bunch of useful features, even for those of us who don't live in a hurricane-prone area, including: More info on that app — as well as the Red Cross' handy first aid app — here.