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It's Just Winter - Prepare, Don't Panic

Posted: 11/01/2019

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Winter comes every year. And every year we promise to be better prepared. Let’s get ready together during Winter Hazard Awareness Week November 4 – 8.

“Preparing as a county is more fun,” says Emergency Management Director Julie Anderson. “Let’s commit to helping our neighbors by donating warm clothes, leaving plenty of time to get to work when it’s snowing, and making sure our elderly family and friends don’t have to shovel driveways and sidewalks if they aren’t able to do it safely.”

The National Weather Service will issue watches and warnings when conditions indicate an ice storm or blizzard. Make sure you are signed up for CodeRED through Douglas County. The simple application process is available here.

In addition to weather watches and warnings, Winter Hazard Awareness Week offers reminders on ice thickness, safely enjoying outdoor sports and activities, indoor winter safety, fire safety and winter driving. To learn more about each of these topics, visit the county’s emergency management page. 

“Winter preparedness is not about us as individuals,” said Anderson. “Make that vehicle emergency kit in case you’re driving your mom to an appointment and you end up in the ditch avoiding a distracted driver. Make sure your teenager knows how to check road conditions on 511 if they’re heading out of town for the weekend and make sure you’re not letting your children stay outside too long in the frigid temperatures.”

Follow the Douglas County Emergency Management Facebook page each day of Severe Weather Awareness Week for helpful tips and links.


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