Plan now for the next winter blast

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Following the hot and dry summer, many people in our community welcome the reprieve of fall and winter. The historic ice storm that blanketed our county in February 2021 reminds us that winter weather comes with its own dangers. With some planning now, you can ensure that you, your family and neighbors survive the next extreme winter storm.

Prepare for the next winter blast with the following tips:

  • Sign up to receive life-saving information sent directly to your phone from Public Alerts at
  • Pay attention to winter storm warnings and alerts and plan accordingly.
  • Pack a two-week emergency kit in case you’re stranded at home. Make sure you have enough food and water for every person in your household and pets for two weeks. Visit for more information on items to pack.
  • Pack an emergency kit for your car.
  • Plan for a long-term power outage. We experienced power outages that lasted for days last February. Start gathering batteries, flashlights and other battery-operated items to survive the next outage. Visit to learn how to prepare your home for a power outage.
  • Get to know your neighbors now and plan to check on them during the next storm. It takes a community to survive disasters.

When the next winter storm hits, keep your family safe with these tips:

  • Avoid indoor use of barbecues, generators or other alternative heating sources meant for the outdoors.
  • Avoid driving through high water. Remember the saying, “Turn around, don’t drown.”
  • Avoid driving in ice and snow.
  • Watch for landslides and debris flows in wildfire-affected areas when there is a lot of rain.
  • Dress warm and prevent frostbite.
  • Limit your time outside.
For more information on how to stay safe this winter visit