The American Red Cross and the Missouri Department of Transportation are working on preparing people as winter storms quickly approach.
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If you have to be out on the roads Thursday night and need to check road conditions, we have you covered.
In Missouri, you can call 888-275-6636 for the latest from MoDOT. The number for road conditions in Illinois is 800-452-4368 and in Kentucky, the number to check on roads is 866-737-3767.
The Red Cross recommends that people and families prepare for winter storms by:
Assembling an Emergency Preparedness Kit
Pack a winter-specific supply kit that includes a warm coat, hat, mittens or gloves, and water-resistant boots, along with extra blankets and extra warm clothing. Make sure you have a first aid kit and essential medications, canned food and can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries in your home in the event of a power outage.
Heeding Storm Warnings
A winter storm watch means winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions via local radio or television stations. A winter storm warning means that life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. Individuals in a warning area should take precautions immediately.
Preparing Your Home and Car
Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full, which will help to keep the fuel line from freezing. Make sure your home is properly insulated by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to help keep cold air out. Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year. Running water, even at a trickle, helps to prevent pipes from freezing.
MoDOT is carefully monitoring weather forecasts and preparing to plow and treat state routes as needed.
MoDOT urges drivers to be careful when commuting because even light precipitation can cause roads to become slick with ice or snow.
Remember the following tips when driving in bad weather:
Click here for more information on winter storm preparedness.
For MoDOT's Traveler Information Map, click here. The map provides current road conditions for Missouri's interstates and major highways. Conditions for the routes are color coded.
MoDOT also provides road conditions information through its Customer Service Center, at 888-ASK-MODOT.
The Illinois State Police is urging drivers to take the necessary safety precautions before getting behind the wheel since vehicle safety is equally as important as driving safely. Extreme weather can have a devastating impact on driving conditions, especially when ice and snow are involved. Freezing rain, icy roads and white-out snow conditions can result in road hazardous for drivers of all ages. Illinois State Police officials urge motorists to drive with caution, and to allow extra travel time to get to and from destinations. When crashes occur during extreme weather conditions, the ISP encourages motorists to exchange insurance and driver information to keep motorists safe and the roads clear, unless medical attention is required. Motorists can file crash reports at the nearest ISP District within 10 days.
Listed below are a few safety tips from ISP drivers should keep in mind during the winter months:
Drivers can check on interstate road conditions by contacting the Illinois Department of Transportation at 1-800-452-IDOT (4368) or on the Internet at: www.gettingaroundillinois.com.
From the Marshall County, Ky. Emergency Management:
Individuals are encouraged to have a shelter-in-place plan or to seek shelter with family members or a friend. Activate these plans "before" the weather sets in to promote safety. Warming Centers will open for those in need, Friday morning unless otherwise determined necessary:
They ask that you please do not dial 911 to inquire about power restoration, shelter locations, etc. as this does impact processing of emergency calls. Public Inquiries can be directed to: 270-527-7221 (Business Hours 8a to 4:30p) or 270.205.8188 (After Hours). Emergency service agencies are on stand-by and will be monitoring this event as it moves forward.
Sikeston DPS is preparing for the worst in the event this storm is as bad as anticipated. Preparations are already being made for this afternoon's forecast of freezing rain and wintry mix. DPS, BMU, Sikeston's Street Department and other members of the city's government met today to make plans for this event.
With the freezing rain forecast the possibility for a power outage exists. They are hoping this weather event doesn't end up being like the 2009 Ice Storm. They are asking that you make any preparations ahead of time that you can for food, water and shelter in case this situation worsens.
Here are a few Generator Safety tips you should follow to keep you and your family safe from carbon monoxide poisoning and fire.
The insurance industry offers the following tips to help protect water pipes from the cold:
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