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For Immediate Release
January 12, 2017
Kate Flavin


Winter Weather Update

This Friday, Sedgwick County is expecting a major winter storm with rain, freezing rain, and ice that could last through Sunday. Below are helpful tips to use before and during the storm.

Before the Storm

  • Download the Sedgwick County App
    • Make a plan
    • Build a kit
    • Follow the county emergency log
  • Have enough food and water
    • One gallon of water per person, per day
    • Using canned food? Have a manual can opener
  • Power Outage Plan
    • Identify someone/somewhere to stay
    • Make sure your fireplace is clean
    • Generators are fueled and prepared
      • They give off toxic gases and will kill
      • Generators should be outside
      • Use caution with open flames like candles in the house
    • Make plans for kids, pets or anyone with special needs
    • Plug in your weather radio, have spare batteries

During the Storm

  • Do NOT call 9-1-1 for weather or power outage updates
  • Stay indoors
  • Walk cautiously on icy sidewalks
  • Stay warm and dry
  • If you must travel, do so only during the day
    • Travel with a partner
    • Let others know your route
    • Stay on the main roads
    • Allow plenty of extra time to arrive at your destination
  • Stay away from downed power lines
    • Assume they are live
    • Don’t drive over
    • Don’t approach
  • Stay informed
    • Monitor local media
    • Use weather alert radio