With the winter months upon us, many regions are looking at a season of heavy snowfall. Heavy snowfall can lead to power outages, blocked roads, and more. So how can you prepare your city for a serious snow storm? Here's what we recommend to include in an emergency pocket-size-guide for areas anticipating snow.
1. Map out locations for warming shelters.
There are many individuals who are more vulnerable to intense cold in the event of winter storm outages (such as the elderly and homeless), so locations of warming shelters should be available to all audiences. If it's impossible to plan where most location will be in advance of a storm, provide contact information or the call numbers to radio stations that will help direct people to the right places.
2. Have contact information for dedicated winter emergencies.
With many emergency response centers receiving an influx of calls during the storm, it is important to have some lines created for specific calls, such as down power lines. This can help alleviate the amount of calls made to the wrong places, and also help streamline response units.
In addition, your guide can benefit from a reminder to residents to write down phone numbers and contact information for their power and heat providers, who are the right people to contact for energy emergencies.
3. Provide the basic materials needed for a winter emergency kit.
Many people with your guide might be unprepared for the season, especially since many local preparedness guides are online, and therefore hard to access once the power goes out. To give them a head start, providing the basic materials needed for a kit will help them prepare and find the right items right before a storm hits.
Having a well-designed and well-informed pocket map will not only save lives, but also help your city cope with winter challenges. To learn more about how we can help you develop a map for your city, contact us.
January 14th, 2016
by Mark Minoff