This story has been updated.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has closed state offices in 35 north Georgia counties, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced non-essential city employees have Tuesday off and Atlanta Public Schoolswill be closed as well.
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There are several things metro Atlanta residents can do to prepare.
- Make sure you have a cell phone, portable charger or extra batteries in case there is a power failure.
- Have a battery-powered radio to listen to emergency instructions.
- Have extra blankets, sleeping bags or winter coats.
- Do not turn on the stove for heat if the power goes out.
- Light a fire in a fireplace or use portable space heaters.
- Don’t use portable gas camp stoves or charcoal grills indoors. The fumes can kill you.Never leave candles unattended. They can cause house fires.
- Have drinking water, food you don’t have to cook and a non-electric can opener.
- Make sure you have baby food, if there’s a baby in the house.
- Get a first aid kit and make sure you have your prescription drugs and other medication.
- Cat litter or sand can add traction on walkways. Rock salt can melt ice.
- Leave water taps open so they drip. Open cabinets under the kitchen sink to allow warm air to reach pipes.
- If pipes do freeze, thaw them slowly with an electric hair dryer — not with a torch.
- Keep a shovel, windshield scraper, flashlight, battery-powered radio and food, water and blankets in your car.
- If animals are outside, make sure fences and gates are secure and make sure they are wearing ID.
- Bring pets indoors when temperatures drop.
These tips come from the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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