Weathering the storm

August 28, 2011

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With Irene forecast to slam into New England today, here are important websites and phone numbers, as well as tips, to help ride out the storm:

▸ If the city of Boston activates emergency shelters and evacuation routes, information will be available at

▸ Statewide emergency information is available at

▸ Subway and bus updates are available from the MBTA at

▸ If you lose power, contact your utility: National Grid at 800-465-1212 or NStar at 800-592-2000.

▸ Most flights out of Logan International Airport today are expected to be canceled. To rebook, contact your carrier. For general information on Logan:

▸ Updates on road conditions are available at

▸ If you see a fire or other emergency, dial 911.

▸ Place important documents and records in a secure place where they will be accessible.

▸ Turn the refrigerator to its coldest setting. If the power goes out, open it as infrequently as possible.

▸ If your freezer is not full, put containers of water inside - this will help the freezer stay cold longer.

▸ If the temperature inside the refrigerator rises above 40 degrees, throw away perishable food. If in doubt whether food has spoiled, throw it away.

▸ Fill bathtubs and other large containers with water to be used for sanitary purposes, such as bathing and flushing toilets.

▸ Do not eat food that comes into contact with flood water; do not drink liquids with twist caps if they are in flood water. Those products can become contaminated with water-borne viruses and bacteria.

▸ Tune in to a radio station or news website to find out whether your water is safe to drink after a storm.

▸ If you cannot drink tap water, drink bottled water. Tap water can be boiled, if possible, to purify it. Heat and boil for one full minute and then allow to cool before drinking.

▸ Life-saving drugs can still be taken if the pills are dry. Wet pills should be discarded.

▸ Other medications that are not vital, like over-the-counter aspirin or skin creams, should be discarded in the event of a flood.

SOURCES: City of Boston, US Food and Drug Administration, Logan International Airport, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, MBTA, National Grid, NStar.