Due to low visibility and hazards road conditions the Pike County has issued a travel advisory.
Citizens are being asked to refrain from all unnecessary travel and to keep the roadways clear for emergency responders. T
onda Dixon the Emergency Management Agency Director is urging everyone to take precautions during this winter event and always keep safety as a top priority.
Winter Driving Safety
Those considering going out onto the roads are advised to check the weather forecast and travel conditions prior to leaving, and allow for extra travel time. If driving during the storm is necessary, make sure you have a fully charged and functioning cell phone. A vehicle preparedness kit is also strongly encouraged. Items in a vehicle preparedness kit include:
At least two blankets or a sleeping bag;
Flashlight and extra batteries;
Booster (jumper) cables;
Extra clothing, including boots, hats and gloves;
Bottled water and non-perishable foods like granola bars, raisins, nuts, peanut butter or cheese crackers;
First-aid kit and necessary medications;
Sand or non-clumping kitty litter for tire traction;
Cell phone and charger for vehicle use; and
Ice scraper and snow brush.
When traveling, always move over or pull to the side of the road for first responders.
If You Become Stranded
Unless there is a safe structure nearby, do not leave the car, since it is the best protection;
Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour to stay warm. An idling car only uses about one gallon of gas per hour;
Tie a brightly colored cloth to the car for rescuers to see;
Light a flare or turn on a flashlight to let others know you are stranded;
Make sure the exhaust pipe is free of any blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning; and
Keep hydrated by drinking water from your preparedness kit. Don’t eat snow, as it will lower body temperature.