Winter Weather Discussion 2007-1-5

Winter Weather Discussion for January 12 – 15, 2007.
Valid: 01/11/2007.

**Significant Ice Storm to Affect the Region**
**Prepare Now for this Imminent Storm**

Information from the National Weather Service in Norman is below; a full discussion will be issued later this afternoon.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
1130 AM CST THU JAN 11 2007

…GET READY FOR A SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM…

A MAJOR WINTER STORM PROMISES TO BRING SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF
ICE TO MANY PLACES ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS STATES OVER THE NEXT
COUPLE OF DAYS. NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY TO DEAL
WITH THE UPCOMING SEVERE WINTER WEATHER.

SOME LOCATIONS WILL LIKELY EXPERIENCE POWER OUTAGES AS TREES AND
POWER LINES GO DOWN UNDER THE WEIGHT OF THE ICE. YOU MIGHT ALSO LOSE
TELEPHONE AND WATER SERVICES. YOU SHOULD HAVE AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY
KIT IN YOUR HOME THAT WILL ALLOW YOU AND EVERYONE IN YOUR HOME TO BE
TOTALLY SELF SUFFICIENT FOR SEVERAL DAYS. THE KIT SHOULD INCLUDE
PLENTY OF FOOD AND WATER…INCLUDING FOOD THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE
COOKING. YOU WILL ALSO NEED FLASHLIGHTS AND BATTERIES…MEDICAL
SUPPLIES…SUPPLIES AND FOOD FOR INFANTS…PETS AND ANYONE REQUIRING
SPECIAL ITEMS…AND A BATTERY OPERATED RADIO OR TELEVISION. YOU
SHOULD ALSO THINK ABOUT HOW YOU WILL KEEP WARM SHOULD YOU LOSE POWER
FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME.

IF YOU HAVE TRAVEL PLANS…YOU NEED TO KEEP UP TO DATE WITH THE
LATEST FORECASTS AND INFORMATION. YOU MAY CONSIDER CHANGING OR EVEN
CANCELING YOUR PLANS TO AVOID BEING CAUGHT ON THE ROAD OR AWAY FROM
HOME FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME. THIS STORM MAY CAUSE
SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL PROBLEMS…AND MAY IMPACT NOT ONLY TRAVEL ON
ROADS…BUT ALSO AIR TRAVEL. CHECK THE WEATHER FOR WHERE YOU
ARE…WHERE YOU PLAN TO GO AND EVERYONE IN BETWEEN.

IF YOU MUST DRIVE…MAKE SURE YOUR VEHICLE IS READY FOR WINTER
TRAVEL AND STOCK IT UP WITH WINTER WEATHER SUPPLIES TO HELP YOU
SURVIVE SHOULD YOU BECOME STRANDED. YOUR VEHICLE SUPPLY KIT SHOULD
INCLUDE ITEMS LIKE FLASHLIGHTS AND BATTERIES…JUMPER CABLES…A
BATTERY OPERATED RADIO…SNOW BRUSHES AND ICE SCRAPERS…DE-ICER…A
KNIFE…FIRST AID KIT…BLANKETS…AND CHANGE OF CLOTHING…GLOVES
AND HATS…A FULLY CHARGED CELL PHONE…A SHOVEL…AND SAND OR OTHER
MATERIAL TO HELP WITH TRACTION. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…MAKE SURE YOU
LET SOMEONE KNOW YOUR PLANS…INCLUDING WHEN YOU'RE LEAVING…WHEN
YOU PLAN TO ARRIVE AND THE ROUTE YOU PLAN TO TAKE. MAKE SURE YOUR
VEHICLE IS IN GOOD WORKING ORDER. CHECK YOUR ANTIFREEZE AND
WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID…AS WELL AS YOUR WIPER BLADES. FILL YOUR
GAS TANK…AND MAKE SURE ALL YOUR LIGHTS ARE WORKING.

SOME OTHER TIPS…

…KEEP YOUR CELL PHONE FULLY CHARGED

…TOP OFF YOUR GAS TANK AND BE SURE YOU HAVE CASH ON HAND

…MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF MEDICATIONS

…TAKE YOUR ICE SCRAPER AND DE-ICER INSIDE WITH YOU. DON'T LEAVE
THEM IN YOUR VEHICLE…AS THEY MAY BE IMPOSSIBLE TO GET TO IF YOUR
CAR IS COVERED WITH ICE

KEEP UP WITH THE VERY LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION BY VISITING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEBSITE AT WEATHER.GOV/NORMAN.

$$

SMITH

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Putnam has been storm chasing since 1990 and is a co-founder of Hook-Echo.com. For his day job, Putnam works in emergency management for information technology.
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