City officials offer advice on how to prepare for winter storm - WDRB 41 Louisville News

City officials offer advice on how to prepare for winter storm

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The city of Louisville has released a statement on the impending winter weather warning expected early Monday morning:

After a lengthy conference call with the National Weather Service there is significant snowfall expected tonight and Monday.  A winter storm will spread accumulating snow into the Ohio Valley beginning late this evening. There is currently a Winter Storm Warning for our area from 7:00 p.m. this evening until 1:00 a.m. Tuesday. It is imperative to have a plan in place: Get a Kit (of emergency supplies), Make a Plan (for what you will do in an emergency), and Be Informed (about what might happen).  Preparedness and planning are crucial for reduction of the threat to life and property posed by any disaster. 

Extreme winter weather can immobilize an entire region.  Heavy snowfall can knock out heat, power, and communication services, sometimes for several days.  Driving can become extremely hazardous due to said snowfall accumulation, low visibility, or extreme cold.  People may need to stay at home or work without utilities or other services, until driving is safe.  Pipes and water mains can break.

Before a winter storm prepare yourself; gather emergency supplies and make a family plan, be alert to changing weather conditions using Metro Louisville's CodeRed Emergency Notification System, radio, and other news sources for information and instruction.

During the winter storm, survive; stay indoors and avoid driving as much as possible.  If the power goes out, close off unused rooms to consolidate and retain heat.  Wear layered clothing and use blankets and sleeping bags to stay warm.  Bring pets inside.  Never use generators, outdoor heating or cooking equipment, such as a grill, camp stove, or a gasoline or propane eater, indoors.  Never heat a home with a stove.  If driving is absolutely necessary, keep disaster supplies in your vehicle, make sure your vehicle is properly equipped, and use extra precaution on the roads.  Limit your time outdoors.  If you are outside, protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing several layers of warm, loose-fitting, light-weight clothing.

Additional information on weather related incidents can be found on www.ready.gov and www.weather.gov

Stay with WDRB News and wdrb.com tonight and tomorrow morning for the latest weather updates and closings. Be sure to tune in Monday to WDRB in the Morning from 4-9 a.m. as the snow begins to fall.

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