EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

New Hampshire

February 8, 2013

N.H. officials, residents scramble before storm

Officials warn residents to brace for a fierce and prolonged storm

Cancellations, warnings and utility updates flew as fast and furious yesterday as the snow is predicted to today.

Supermarket parking lots were jammed, shopping carts overflowed with jugs of water and enough food to get families through what promises to be a tough, snowy weekend.

Police, emergency management officials, utility spokesmen and the governor all had stern warnings for Southern New Hampshire residents.

The message was pretty universal: Be prepared, stay off the roads, stay home.

And, while you’re there, check on your neighbors.

That was a suggestion echoed all the way from Gov. Maggie Hassan’s office down to Salem fire Chief Kevin Breen.

Breen, who’s also the town’s emergency management director, urged people to get in touch with their neighbors, especially those who are older or living alone, before the worst of the storm hits.

“Check in with them. Reach out to them now, “ he said yesterday. “It’s a good time to be neighborly and check in with each other.”

He also urged people to check the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

“Be sure to keep snow, which will be heavy and drifting, away from furnace and gas-fired appliance vents,” Breen said. “If you have a wood stove that hasn’t been used in a while, be careful.”

A lot of local residents were out yesterday in advance of the storm, filling gas tanks, shopping carts and visiting ATMs to get some cash.

Loss of power big concern

Losing power was on many people’s minds — residents and utility officials.

Unitil, Public Service of New Hampshire, N.H. Electric Co-op and Liberty Utilities all sought to assure their customers they were prepared for potentially heavy snow and high winds. Most had third-party crews ready to step in and assist their own crews.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
New Hampshire

ET Videos