FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 12, 2018
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Whitman Fire and Police Departments Advise Residents Ahead of Third Nor’easter
WHITMAN — After handling the first two nor’easters that hit the region in recent weeks, Police Chief Scott Benton and Fire Chief Timothy Grenno are advising Whitman residents to prepare for yet another winter storm.
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook and winter storm warning for Plymouth, Bristol and Norfolk counties, noting the potential for blizzard-like conditions and heavy snowfall beginning Monday night and continuing throughout the day Tuesday.
Whitman could see between 14 and 24 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures during the storm are expected to be between 34 and 28 degrees. Wind gusts could reach speeds of up to 40 mph.
BEFORE THE STORM
- Residents should be prepared for power outages and stock up on batteries for flashlights or battery powered lanterns. If using candles, there should be a 3 foot ring of safety and be sure to keep them away from anything flammable or combustible.
- Keep cell phones, laptops and tablets charged as much as possible. Consider a external battery for your devices.
- Neighbors should talk with one another and set up plans to assist those who may be at risk and/or in need of help.
- Anyone with a disability or medical issue is encouraged to call Whitman Police ahead of time to request a well-being check during the storm.
DURING THE STORM
- Stay off the roads and stay indoors, if possible. Give plow and sand/salt trucks the space they need to operate.
- If your power goes out during the storm, contact National Grid at 800-465-1212 to report an outage.
- To report a gas leak, call 911. Residents can also contact Columbia Gas at 800-525-8222 for gas-related issues.
- Follow the Whitman Police Department on their Facebook page and Twitter account and the Whitman Fire Department on their Facebook page and Twitter account for updates during and after the storm. The police and fire stations will be open throughout the storm. If you have an emergency, call 911.
AFTER THE STORM
- Clear snow from any gas vents attached to your home.
- Assist the fire department by shoveling out any hydrants near your home.
- Do not go near or drive over any downed power lines.
- Check your property for any trees that could be in danger of falling near your home or vehicles.
- As the snow begins to melt, clear any debris from storm drains near your home to allow water to drain.
- Do not pump water from sump pumps into the road. The water can freeze and cause hazardous conditions if the temperature dips.