Prepare for Storm Eunice by purchasing batteries and securing your pets.
Obviously a cliche, but "be prepared" is the greatest advise ahead of Storm Eunice, which is expected to deliver 90 mph winds, heavy snow, and blizzards.
Power outages due to fallen trees are very likely, and there are a few simple things people can do to prepare, according to the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.
This includes making sure flashlights and radios have batteries. Bring some meal that doesn't require cooking. Your phone should be charged. Make contact with your older neighbors.
If the power goes out, turn off electrical equipment at the outlet to prevent everything from turning on while you're away or asleep. Torches are a better alternative to candles.
Most municipalities will have a page on their website dedicated to storms, including who to contact if the electricity goes out or if a tree falls.
Road agencies and travel businesses advise people to avoid going out on Friday unless it is absolutely necessary.
We recommend sticking to major roads and avoiding exposed and coastal routes for anyone who has to head out, said Rod Dennis, a RAC Breakdown spokeswoman. It's also critical to slow down and exercise additional caution when overtaking high-sided cars to avoid being thrown off track.
If there is ice or snow on the road, use caution when applying the brakes. It's preferable to slowly drive into the direction of the skid and wait for the automobile to restore grip if the car skids. Resist the urge to stomp on the brake.
There have been instances of animals being carried into the air and dogs being swept away during past storms.
We're advising pet owners to keep an eye on the weather where they live and to plan ahead to safeguard the safety of their animals, said Amy Ockelford, a spokesperson for the RSPCA.
Planning dog walks around the worst of the weather and avoiding risky sites are two ways to keep pets safe. Wear apparel that reflects light. If your dog is old or cold, get them a coat to keep them warm.
Ensure that cats have access to the house or a warm, enclosed space where they can get out of the elements. If the weather is particularly bad, consider keeping the cat inside.
The RSPCA claims that it isn't simply pets that are affected. During extreme weather, wild animals may struggle to find food and water or become disoriented, so consider leaving food and drink out for them.