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Owensboro officials stress importance of preparing for winter weather

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For city officials, the bottom line is to take small steps now before the big weather event happens. For city officials, the bottom line is to take small steps now before the big weather event happens.
OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

Owensboro officials have been hard at work planning what they need to do to keep the city safe during severe winter weather this year.  

But they also want to make sure residents are taking safety steps on their own.  

Officials at the Emergency Operations Center stress the importance of preparing for severe weather before it strikes.  

Those officials like Walter Atherton note that some people may not take simple preparations.  

"The first thing that people should do and most people don't is have a survival pack for two or three days," Atherton said. 

He emphasizes how critical that is because you may not be able to get help quickly during bad weather.  

"It can happen here. So, the first thing is to be prepared, be able to take care of yourself, because in a serious situation, government, public safety, fire department, Red Cross, nobody's going to be able to get to you and help for the first few days," Atherton said.  

Wayne Shelton is the Director of Public Works for Owensboro and explains how the city stays in a ready-state during the winter.

"We have fuel on hand. We have, you know, tanks on site that we have emergency fuel in," Shelton said.  

The city has also added a new salt structure, which has been helpful.

"We've been able to more than double the amount of salt that we do keep on hand," Shelton said. 

For city officials, the bottom line is to take small steps now before the big weather event happens.

"Be prepared for, you know, what may come. Because, you know, we've experienced that it will come," Shelton said.  

The Emergency Management Office suggests checking its Facebook page for updates when severe weather is occurring. 

Officials also recommend sitting down to create a family emergency plan on how to deal with prolonged power outages and other issues caused by winter weather.

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