Montgomery County Offers Winter Weather Tips; Heavy Snow Predicted

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For Immediate Release: 3/4/2015 Montgomery County Offers Winter Weather Tips; Heavy Snow Predicted With predictions for snow tonight and tomorrow, Montgomery County officials are offering reminders to residents about how to prepare for the storm. Residents are urged to subscribe to Alert Montgomery at to stay updated on the latest important information. Alerts can be sent to one or more electronic devices, including cell phones, text pagers, wireless PDAs, and home and work emails. Preparing for the Storm Check with neighbors who may require special assistance to see if they need help in stocking up on supplies or medications, and call them during the storm. If there is a power outage, be prepared by having enough food, water, medication (if needed) and batteries to last two days. Make sure portable radios, smoke detectors and flashlights are working properly. Roads labeled with red and white signs serve as snow emergency routes. If a snow emergency is declared, it is illegal to park vehicles on snow emergency routes or drive without snow tires (all- weather tires) or chains. Residents are urged to help clear the way for snow plow operators. When parking on-street, pull close to the curb on the even numbered side of the street. Park vehicles in driveways or off the street whenever possible. Be sure your vehicle(s) are ready to drive after the storm by filling the gas tank; checking tires to make sure they have an adequate tread and are fully inflated; checking oil, antifreeze and windshield washer fluid levels; and ensuring windshield wipers, lights, flashing hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes and defroster are all working. Keep a windshield scraper and small broom in the car for ice and snow removal, and a small sack of sand or kitty litter to improve wheel traction. During the Storm Should there be a power outage, relying on battery-operated lights, rather than candles, is safer. Using candles increases the risk of a fire, and reported home candle fires have tripled in recent years. Plowing of roads occurs when three or more inches of snow accumulates with a temperature below freezing. The County’s Department of Transportation clears emergency and primary routes before beginning clearing of neighborhood streets. Neighborhood streets are not cleared to bare pavement, but are made passable. For more information about snow removal operations visit the county’s website at Residents can also call 311 or 240-777-0311. The MC311 call center will remain open all night and throughout the day Thursday. For more information about emergency preparedness, go to the County website, check the County’s Twitter feed at or Facebook page, # # # Release ID: 15-089 Media Contact: Public Information 240-777-6507]]>

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