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Upper Macungie Township Police Department
Monday January 31st, 2011 :: 02:14 p.m. EST


Information on preparing for an ice storm. The Weather Service is calling of an accumulation of ice on Wednesday.

When winter storms threaten, monitor broadcast media and NOAA Weather Radio for information. Keep your gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. On icy roads, drive slowly and increase distance required for stopping. Watch for downed trees and power lines across roads. If power is out, treat all intersections as four-way stops.
Emergency supplies for vehicle:
•Blankets/sleeping bags and extra clothing, mittens and hat
•Cell phone, radio, flashlight, extra batteries
•First-aid kit and pocket knife
•High calorie, non perishable food, bottled water
•Sack of sand or cat litter for de-icing roadway
•Windshield scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and shovel
Emergency tips for home:
If heavy ice on power lines cuts utility service, be extremely careful using generators or gas powered equipment. Carbon monoxide is invisible, odorless and deadly. It can build up in a matter of minutes. Do not use generators, charcoal grills or gas grills inside the house, garage or enclosed space. Do not try to heat the house using a gas range or oven. Be prepared at home:
•Battery-powered NOAA weather radio, batteries, flashlights, cell phone and chargers, manual can opener
•One-week supply of food, water, medicine, medical supplies and items for special health care needs, babies and the elderly
•Pet supplies, kitty litter or sand for de-icing steps and walkways
•Heating fuel, properly ventilated emergency heating source such as a fireplace, wood stove or space heater
•Fire extinguisher, smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector
•Warm clothing and extra blankets
Tips for Driving
Slow down.
To correct a skid and get as much traction as possible, remove your foot from the accelerator and the brake pedal. This allows the vehicle to slow down naturally. Steer in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go. For example, if the back of your car is going right, the front of your car will move left. Turn right to straighten the car. Hold the steering wheel firmly, but do not make sudden or wide turns.
Keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles.
When approaching a hill, observe how other vehicles are reacting and stay far enough behind them so you won't have to stop. Increase your speed at the bottom of the hill. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down the hill as slowly as possible. Minimize brake use on slippery, icy hills.
Remember, if you have an emergency please call 911.

Upper Macungie Township Police Department
37 Grim Road
Breinigsville, PA 18031

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 484-661-5911

Michael Weiser

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