Archive for February 7, 2011

Looks like Oklahoma will be pounded by another winter storm this week. As always, our shelters and kitchen are fully stocked and prepared for another few snowed-in days.

Still, for those of you who have to get out and drive in this severe weather, here’s some tips from The Oklahoma-Arkansas Division of The Salvation Army, courtesy of Major John Birks:

Road Conditions:

(Please note that sometimes it takes a while for the web maps to be updated – just listen to the news )

Arkansas – 800-245-1672

http://www.arkansashighways.com

Oklahoma – 888-425-2385

http://www.dps.state.ok.us

Texas – 800-452-9292

http://www.txdot.gov

Missouri – 800-222-6400

http://www.modot.org

Kansas – 866-511-5368

511.ksdot.org

Before You Leave:

Check the local forecast before you leave

Check for weather related road conditions

Make sure you have plenty of fuel

Notify a family member or friend of the route you are traveling and your ETA

Make sure to have mobile phone as well as mobile charger

Include a number listed as “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) so that if you are not able to, emergency personnel can call a person important to you

If You Get Stranded:

Call for help – best to stay in car

Park Clear of Travel Lanes if you can still maneuver your vehicle

Run your vehicle only in short intervals – just enough to stay warm. Crack the window to vent any built up carbon monoxide. Ensure your tail pipe is not clogged by ice and/or snow.

If you are close to a power line or in contact with one – STAY in the car

Travel Items (as Emergency Kit):

Ice scraper or deicing spray

Jumper cables

Cat litter or sand

Shovel

Warm Clothes

Blankets

High Energy Food

Flashlight(s) with extra batteries

First Aid Kit

Bright Fabric tie for antenna or to hang out window

Gloves

Paper Towels

Flares or Triangles to warn other vehicles.

 

EVERYONE STAY SAFE OUT THERE!!!