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Racine County Emergency Management

Winter is upon us and that means cold weather, snow and icy conditions over the next several months. Hopefully you already took steps to winterize your home and vehicles.

When it snows, please be careful. If we are under an advisory, consider delaying your travel until after the snow ends. If you are out and about, please slow down and be considerate of the men and women who are out there working to keep us safe.

DO NOT follow too close behind snow removal vehicles/equipment. Stay back a minimum of 200 feet.

DO NOT pass on the right of snow removal vehicles.

Be watchful for abrupt maneuvers in stopping, backing and turning.

Snow plows are in service to maintain road conditions for safe travel “Give Them A Break.”

Remember the slow down/move over for law for highway maintenance vehicles/equipment, including tow truck operators (not only for police/fire vehicles/equipment).

When plowing or shoveling your driveway, do not put snow into the street. It is against law to put snow back into the street.

National Weather Service simplifies messaging

The National Weather Service is trying to simplify messaging so that its as is as clear and focused as possible. As a result, you will see some changes in how watches and warnings are issued this winter storm season. Here are the winter adjustments taking place this season:

Consolidate Lake Effect Snow Advisory and Freezing Rain Advisory into Winter Weather Advisory

Consolidate Lake Effect Snow Watch and Blizzard Watch into Winter Storm Watch

Consolidate Lake Effect Snow Warning into Winter Storm Warning

Speakers Bureau

If you need a speaker for an upcoming event, please contact us. We can speak on a variety of topics from “Emergency Management 101” to “Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.” We’d enjoy meeting you and sharing about emergency preparedness. For more information, contact us at 262-636-3515.

Facebook

If you have not done so, “like” us on Facebook. We regularly post useful information and tips, along with information about severe weather. You can find us at www.facebook.com/readyracineco. In addition, visit the website http://racinecounty.com/government/ready-racine-county.

Until next time, stay safe.

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