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Anne Arundel County Fire Department
Sunday January 11th, 2015 :: 10:27 a.m. EST

Advisory

Winter Storm May Bring Icing Conditions- Now is the Time to Prepare

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: January 11, 2015

Contact: Captain Russ Davies
410-222-8305 (Office)
410-222-8746 (PIO Line)

Winter Storm May Bring Icing Conditions
Now is the Time to Prepare

(Millersville, MD) An approaching winter storm may bring icing conditions to Anne Arundel County within the next 24 hours. Freezing rain can create hazardous driving conditions and power outages from ice accumulation on electric lines and falling tree limbs. Now is the time to prepare for these possible conditions.

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department and the Office of Emergency Management offers the following tips for preparing for the possible storm:

Know the terms:
Know the terms used to describe changing winter weather conditions and what actions to take. These terms can be used to determine the timeline and severity of an approaching storm. (Advisory/Watch/Warning). The National Weather Service also issues advisories and warnings for other winter weather, including blizzards, freezes, wind chill, and dense fog. Be alert to weather reports and tune in for specific guidance when these conditions develop.

Freezing Rain- Rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees and power lines.

Sleet- Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become slippery.

Winter Weather Advisory- The NWS issues a winter weather advisory when conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences that may be hazardous. If caution is used, these situations should not be life-threatening.

Winter Storm Watch- The NWS issues a winter storm watch when severe winter conditions, such as heavy snow and/or ice, may affect your area but the location and timing are still uncertain. A winter storm watch is issued 12 to 36 hours in advance of a potential severe storm.

Winter Storm Warning- The NWS issues a winter storm warning when 4 or more inches of snow or sleet are expected in the next 12 hours, or 6 or more inches in 24 hours, or ¼ inch or more of ice accumulation is expected. The NWS may also issue a warning if the storm is expected to hit during high-traffic times, like rush hour. Stay indoors, and keep warm and dry. Minimize driving.

Prepare:

• Prepare by gathering emergency supplies, making a family plan, and discussing emergency communications.
• Install battery-powered or battery back-up carbon monoxide detectors.
• If you have access to an OUTSIDE generator, have an electric cord long enough to keep the generator at least 20 feet from any door, window, or vent.
• Make specific plans to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary. Make preparations to wait out a winter storm at home.
• Be alert to changing weather conditions using local alerts, radio, and other news sources for information and instructions.
• Listen to local news sources or visit www.aacounty.org for information on shelters
• Familiarize yourself with proper generator use and safety.
• Take extreme caution when using space heaters and avoid using candles for a heat source if possible.
• Learn ways to winterize your home.
• Protect plumbing to reduce the chance of frozen and bursting pipes.
• Visit http://www.fema.gov/hazard/winter/index.shtm, for more information on what to do before, during and even after a severe winter storm.

For additional preparation information, refer to the Anne Arundel County Preparedness Guide located online at the Office of Emergency Management website.

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Anne Arundel County Fire Department
8501 Veterans Highway
Millersville, MD 21108

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Non-emergencies: 410-222-8200

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