During a Storm
When a Winter Storm watch or warning is issued for our area, please visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) website or radio and television news for the latest weather information.
Please be alert to changing weather conditions and avoid unnecessary travel.
Here is what you can do to help:
- Remove debris such as leaves and packed snow from storm drains. This will alleviate drainage problems along roadways and prevent melted snow from refreezing and becoming a bigger safety issue.
- Move vehicles from the side of streets for snowplows to get by. When your vehicles are off the road, snowplows have an easier time clearing the streets for your safety. It also prevents the possibility of your vehicle getting trapped behind or high centering on a snow bank.
- Cover and wrap hose bibs in the front and back of your house to prevent freezing in pipes. By wrapping your outside spigots, you keep the cold from creeping into the pipes in your house and reduce the risk of freezing and breaking.
- Prepare an emergency kit for at least three days. Now is the time to gather emergency items such as enough food and water for your family for at least three days, flashlights and batteries, first aid, and other essential comfort items. Have an emergency kit for both your home and your car. Visit Ready.gov for more information and ideas.
- Property owners remember: it is your responsibility to clear driveways and sidewalks. Many of our children still walk to school or bus stops in bad weather. You can help keep them safe by clearing a path for them in front of your home or business.
- Be safe and drive carefully! Use extreme caution while driving in inclement weather of any kind. Allow plenty of time to get to your destination and always yield to service vehicles such and plows, sanders, and transit buses.