Finally…a good ole Nor’easter is on the way. Follow these tips to stay safe as we prepare for the storm.
- Stay off roads. Only drive if absolutely necessary, and if you do have to drive tomorrow, give yourself plenty of time to get to where you need to go safely.
- Stay indoors and dress warmly.
- Prepare for power outages. Charge your cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices.
- Use generators outside only and away from windows.
- Check on neighbors while following the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on maintaining social and physical distancing. Consider connecting with family and friends by telephone, e-mail, text messages, video chat, and social media. If you must visit in person, wear a mask and maintain a distance of at least six feet from them. Masks should not be worn by children under two years of age, those who have trouble breathing, and those who are unable to remove them on their own.
- If you have an appointment, check in to see if you can make it virtual. Most St. Joe’s providers have already reached out to patients to offer virtual appointment alternatives.
- If you are sick and need medical attention, contact your healthcare provider for further care instructions and shelter in place, if possible. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 and let the operator know if you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a mask before help arrives.
- Shovel safely. Take breaks, and pay attention to your body.
- HAVE FUN! Take advantage of the fluffy white stuff. Go sledding, make a snow angel, have a snowball fight or drink some hot chocolate.