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County agency encourages residents to prepare for winter storms

Gloucester’s Department of Emergency Management is taking part in the nationwide “PrepareAthon” movement, a community-based campaign that is bringing together millions of people to practice the simple steps that will help them get and stay prepared for disasters.

The program, which kicks off Dec. 9, includes detailed information about winter preparedness made available at Main Street stores.

According to Gloucester Emergency Service’s public outreach/awareness coordinator Jane Wenner, the Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests a number of different ways residents should be vigilant when thinking about preparing for the cold weather ahead.

The first, she said, is to winterize vehicles. This includes checking antifreeze levels, battery and ignition system, brakes, exhaust system, fuel and air filters, heater and defroster, lights and flashing hazard lights, oil, thermostat and windshield wiper equipment.

Also, she said FEMA suggests ensuring tires have a...

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