If you’ve lived in the Ohio Valley during the winter months, you know the drill.
Three or so months of heavier clothes and scraping your car’s windshield. Even with our current mild temperatures, everyone knows weather in our area can change fast.
It’s important for everyone to be ready, including emergency personnel.
“Our crews are ready to mobilize at any point. We have a lot of contractors on stand-by that we bring in. We’re also monitoring the weather very closely as well,” said Joelle Moray, AEP External Affairs Manager.
In extreme cases, winter weather can easily leave knock out heat, power, and communication services in our community. This places older adults, young children, and sick individuals at greater risk.
Marshall County Emergency Management Director Tom Hart said they’ve been planning ahead for months.
“You just never know what mother nature’s going to throw out, so there are a lot of different things we’ve been doing. Our Assistant Director, Mike Mucheck is constantly working on equipment and checking to make sure everything is working properly, but the biggest thing with winter weather preparedness is actually what residents and citizens can do,” Hart continued.
That means residents need to gather supplies in case weather hits hard.
You should make sure you have food, blankets and extra batteries for radios and flashlights on hand.
Officials recommend also creating an emergency supply kit for your car. Jumper cables, sand, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks should be included.
Officials also recommend paying extra attention to weather reports and warnings of storms this winter.
You can even sign up for your community’s warning system.