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Important Information for the Aftermath of the Ice Storm

As our region struggles in the aftermath of the massive ice storm that left entire communities without power, here are a few things to know.

If you're lucky enough to have a generator, please make sure you're using it safely. (Patch file photo)
If you're lucky enough to have a generator, please make sure you're using it safely. (Patch file photo)

As our region struggles in the aftermath of the massive ice storm that left entire communities without power, here are a few things to know:

  • If a traffic light is out, it should be treated as a four-way stop.
  • If your power is out, it’s a good idea to keep faucets running in an attempt to avoid frozen pipes.
  • Please use caution and common sense if attempting to heat your home using alternative means. “Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is found in combustion fumes like those made by generators, lanterns and gas ranges and can be fatal,” the Governor’s Office reminded residents in a statement.
  • If you do have a generator (lucky you!), make sure it’s outside at all times when running.
  • Many homeowner’s insurance policies will cover the cost of spoiled food in the event of a power outage. Check with your insurance company to see if yours does.

If it gets too cold in your home, there are places you can go to get warm.

In Bucks County:

Maple Point Middle School
2250 Langhorne Yardley Rd
Langhorne, Pa.
NO PETS

In Chester County:

Lionville Middle School
550 West Uwchlan Avenue (Rt. 113)
Exton, Pa.
PET FRIENDLY

West Chester University
Fieldhouse at 855 South New St.
Can accommodate up to 1,500 people
*Pets housed at Ehringer Gym 700 S. Church St.

Avon Grove Intermediate School
395 South Jennersville Road
West Grove, Pa.
Residents needing transportation can call 610-344-5195.
PET FRIENDLY

In Delaware County:

Radnor Township Building
301 Iven Ave., Radnor, Pa.
(NOT an overnight shelter)
PETS TBA

In Montgomery County:

Hatboro-Horsham High School
899 Horsham Road
Horsham, Pa.
PET FRIENDLY

Be warm and safe, Patchers. 

katrina norton February 08, 2014 at 11:59 AM
What restaurants in Horsham are giving a free meal for the residents without power?????
Leigh February 08, 2014 at 03:00 PM
Why would you expect a free meal? Odd
DLS February 09, 2014 at 03:33 PM
Those of us with generators are not lucky, we are prepared. We purchased ours 14 years ago and it has paid for itself many times over. Put a few dollars aside each month and buy one, it's a good investment!

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