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Monday January 31st, 2011 :: 04:22 p.m. CST


Ice-storm Survival Guide: What to do (and not do) great advice from the Belleville News Democrat

Ice-storm Survival Guide: What to do (and not do)

As you're preparing for a coat of ice and snow to blanket the region, here are some tips to help you handle the slick stuff and keep you safe in case of power outages:

Do stock up your car with a full tank of gas, phone charger, blanket, extra clothing, road salt or cat littler, ice scraper, jumper cables, tire-changing items, flashlight, first aid kit and other supplies.

Don't leave the house unprepared. Dress in warm layers, fully charge your cell phone, let others know your travel plans and routes and check the latest weather forecasts and winter weather news at

Do make sure you have enough food in your kitchen that doesn't need to be cooked or refrigerated, including high-energy foods such as dried fruit and granola bars.
Don't try to move or drive over downed power lines. Call Ameren Illinois at (800) 755-5000 or 911 to report downed lines.

Do check on elderly family and neighbors. Also, make arrangements for those with medical conditions to prepare in the event that electricity is not available for an extended period of time.

Don't attempt to run a generator indoors; they produce large amounts of carbon monoxide and should only be used outside in well-ventilated areas. In addition, use caution when using gas and kerosene heaters because they vent dangerous gases and need fresh air to work properly.

Do call 211 or visit for free, confidential assistance by the United Way. Information is available on a broad range of services, including food banks, health resources, child care, after-school programs and elderly care.
Don't keep pets outside. Their fur coatings are not enough to protect them from harsh winter elements.

Do make sure you have a battery-powered radio and extra batteries to listen to local emergency instructions.

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St. Clair County Sheriff's Department
700 N 5th St
Belleville, IL 62220

Emergency: 9-1-1

Sgt. John Fulton

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