TULSA - Are you ready for the snow?
2 Works for You Storm Shield meteorologists are forecasting snow for northeastern Oklahoma Saturday, with the best chances for accumulation east into Arkansas.
The City of Tulsa is prepared regardless of how much snow we get. Crews will report to work at 2 a.m. Saturday and have these resources available:
- 64 truck-mounted salt spreaders
- 48 truck-mounted snow plows (Of the 64 trucks with spreaders, 48 have plows.)
- 7 4x4 pick-up trucks equipped with snow plows
- 3 motor graders for use as plows
- Close to 8,500 tons of salt on hand (The City does not use sand.)
- 170 employees (including drivers and support staff)
EMSA issued some tips on how residents should prepare for inclement weather and during the weather event.
WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW
- Call your doctor or pharmacy and make sure you have 3 – 5 days’ worth of any medications you may need.
- Talk to your doctor about any doctor’s appointments that could be interrupted by severe weather, especially time-sensitive appointments such as dialysis. Plan for those appointments and transportation now.
- If you do not have warm housing, make plans ahead of time to stay at a friend or family members’ home or a shelter. If you need heating assistance, call AEP/PSO to see if you qualify for help or call 211.
- Check your carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke detectors to make sure they are working. Purchase and install new batteries, if necessary.
- Make sure you have plenty of food and water to last 3 – 5 days.
DURING THE WEATHER EVENT
- Dress in warm, layered clothing. Have cleats or other non-slick shoes or boots to walk outside.
- Keep a charged cell phone on you when outdoors, even if for just a short time such as go to the mailbox. If you fall, the phone could save your life.
- Have plenty of gas in your car and stock it with a road safety kit to include at minimum blankets, food, water, and a cell phone.
Don't forget to check on your neighbors, family and friends before, during and after a weather event. And, remember to bring in your pets out of the cold.
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