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Mainers offer snowstorm advice, shoutout to Mid-Atlantic: ‘You got this’

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Snow began falling Friday afternoon in Washington, a city that could get more than 2 1/2 feet of snow before the storm ends this weekend. It could be the biggest winter storm in recorded history in the nation's capital, and almost certainly in the top five.

BANGOR, Maine — Mainers are used to snow.  Lots of snow. Needless to say, the city of Bangor’s Police Department, in Northern Maine, knows how to make it through these snow events unscathed.

Forecasters are expecting the weekend snowstorm to miss Maine, with a cloudy but quiet weather weekend predicted, but as the Mid-Atlantic hunkers down, a Facebook post from the Bangor Maine Police Department generated over 40,000 likes as of Friday afternoon.

The funny post has some great advice for folks in the face of the storm where snowfall that will be measured in feet and white-out conditions:

  • “Don’t panic. It’s just frozen rain. It does go away so don’t try to move too much at one time.”
  • “DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT buy all the bread on the shelves. As a lifelong Mainer, I recommend cereal. No better reason has ever been invented to eat Golden Crisp, Honeycomb or Captain Crunch (don’t get the peanut butter flavored. That stuff sucks.) You will need milk and of course a bowl and spoon. You probably already have that in the house. I have lived for several weeks on only Rice Crispies and Snickers.”
  • “Charge your Cellphone. If you have a generator, you need gas. You look stupid trying to start a generator with no gas in it. Don’t ask me how I know. Do not run the generator inside a basement or garage. Yes, people do that. Usually only one time.”
  • “Toilets flush without electricity. If you fill your tub with water, you can use it for all kinds of things, including flushing the toilet. Also, to wash cereal bowls.”
  • “Fill your car up with gas. If you get stuck somewhere and have to run the car, make sure you clean out around the tail pipe and do not fall asleep with the car running. We need you to come back next summer to buy more lobster and lobster traps. Pine cones are free.”

But the officers didn’t just have advice, they also had words of encouragement: “The men and women of the Bangor Police Department are rooting for you. You got this.”

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