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Are you prepared for snow?

Posted: 10:15 AM, Jan 08, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-09 00:46:31-05
Are you prepared for snow?

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.

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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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