TULSA - The cold snap which hit Green Country this week serves as a reminder that winter is on its way, and several local, state and federal agencies have designated Wednesday as "Winter Weather Preparedness Day."
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM), Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), the National Weather Service (NWS) are leading the effort to raise public awareness with information that could save lives.
Oklahoma has suffered blizzards and ice storms in recent years which have killed 70 people and done an estimated $300 million in damage since 2007, according to OEM.
OEM Director Albert Ashwood says “having a blanket, emergency food and water, a flashlight, a well charged cell phone and a full tank of gas would have made a big difference for many of those awaiting rescue on Oklahoma roadways."
The safety experts also urge people to slow down and allow extra driving time during a winter weather event.
At home, adding weather stripping and insulation, checking and cleaning furnaces and other heating equipment, and paying attention to vulnerable pipes that could freeze will all pay off in terms of both safety and saving money.
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