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Preparations, cancellations, closings begin for Winter Storm Nemo

Thursday, 6 p.m.:

New England is expected to get hammered by 1-2 feet of snow this weekend. Here’s a round up of messages and advice from local agencies:

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Below is a press release from Gov. Maggie Hassan’s office:

Governor Maggie Hassan today encouraged New Hampshire residents to take precautions ahead of tomorrow’s expected snow storm and to stay safe throughout. Governor Hassan today is participating in pre-storm conference calls and preparedness activities with local emergency responders and utilities.

“With heavy snowfall and high winds expected from tomorrow’s storm, we must all remember that preparation and safety begin at home,” said Governor Hassan. “I encourage all New Hampshire residents to make sure they have the supplies needed to weather the storm and to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly and those experiencing disabilities, to ensure they are prepared as well. Road travel will be particularly hazardous during the height of the storm, so if you can, please stay off the roads and always stay safe.”

The state’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will also be activated throughout the storm.

In addition to stocking up on emergency supplies, such as water and canned food, in advance of the storm, New Hampshire residents are encouraged to take the following precautions:

∎ Monitor weather conditions via news media, NOAA weather radio or Internet sources.

∎ Limit road travel during the storm to allow public works crews to clear and treat the roads.

∎ Anyone who has to drive should slow down and allow extra space between vehicles. Drivers could experience sudden whiteout conditions during high wind gusts.

∎ Keep vehicle fuel tanks at least half full.

∎ Monitor snow loading, especially on flat roofs.

∎ Be a good neighbor and check on the well-being of relatives and acquaintances, especially the elderly or others with special needs.

∎ If the power goes out:

--Use flashlights and battery-powered lanterns, not candles, for emergency lighting.

--Operate emergency generators safely, with exhaust directed away from buildings.

--Never use outdoor cooking appliances indoors because of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.

--Report the outage to your electric utility.

--Stay clear of downed wires. Always assume downed power lines are live.

PSNH has released a press release saying they are doing all they can to stay ahead of the winter storm.

Closings and notes

Here is a listing of closures due to the winter storm:

∎ The Capitol Center for the Arts is holding their presentation of “A Chorus Line” Friday night. The theater encouraged show-goers to use city parking garages to keep the roads clear for plows, and to call the box office with any questions. 225-1111.

∎ Due to the storm, Concord Hospital rescheduled a wine tasting fundraiser (scheduled for Friday) for its Breast Care Center and the Genetic counseling program. The event has been moved to Friday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m., at the Grappone Conference Center.

∎ The Great Gaming Festival, scheduled this weekend (Friday night thru Sunday night, 2/8-10) at NHTI has been postponed until next weekend (2/15-17).

∎ The girls’ softball clinic for Saturday at NHTI has also been canceled. Registrations for girls in grades 3-8 are still being accepted for the clinic on Feb. 16, however, according to the college web site. For more info contact Paul Hogan, 271-6484 x4209 or phogan@ccsnh.edu.

∎ The Gilmanton School District Deliberative Session has been rescheduled for Monday, February 11 at 6 pm will be held in the multi-purpose room.

∎ The NHTI and UNH campuses will both close at noon tomorrow.

∎ The Concord police expect to institute a parking ban tomorrow.

∎ The BIA Small Business Day event scheduled for tomorrow morning is cancelled. The event will be rescheduled. Paid registration will be applied towards the rescheduled date.

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