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Storey County urges storm preparedness


With the upcoming storms and the potential impacts to the area, Storey County is continuing to monitor weather conditions, make advanced preparations and coordinate with area agencies. Storey County departments are working together to ensure we are prepared for the upcoming winds and heavy rain and/or snow with potential flooding.

With the potential for localized flooding, sandbags and sand will be available for the public at the following locations:

400 Ave de la Colors- Lockwood
Fire Station 73- 500 Sam Clemens- Mark Twain Estates
Fire Station 72- 2610 Cartwright Road- Virginia City Highlands
Residents will need to bring a shovel to fill the sandbags.

Residents should consider the following preparedness measures which can assist emergency crews:

• Make a family disaster plan and emergency preparedness kit, allowing for self-sufficiency for up to three days.

• Limit outings to ones that are necessary. Non-essential errands or travels should be scheduled once the weather is better. Less traffic on the roadways makes it safer for everyone.

• Decrease driving speeds, keep a safe following distance, allow for extra travel time, and be cautious of roadways with snow drifts, ice, or standing water.

• Only use 911 for emergencies.

• Never drive or walk through areas with accumulated water. You often can’t tell how deep it is until it is too late.

• Avoid any moving water. Swift moving water is very dangerous, even when shallow.

• Power outages may occur during periods of high wind and rain. Make sure that your home is prepared and that you have flashlights and candles readily available.

• Have an emergency “GO” kit with important items and warm clothing should you have to evacuate.

• Listen to radio and television news for up-to-date information.

Remember to visit www.storeycounty.org or call our information hotline at 847-INFO (4636) for information related to flooding and Emergency Preparedness. Also visit Storey County on Facebook and Twitter.

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