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How to Prepare for Winter Storms

During Winter Storms What You Can Do

Vehicle preparedness

____ Warm clothes in trunk

____ Chains or other traction devices in trunk

____ Full gas tank

____ Sand/shovel in trunk

____ Window ice scraper

____ Flares, flashlight in trunk

____ Antifreeze

____ Family emergency plan

____ Familiarity with school and daycare plans

____ Alternative shelter plans

____ Alternative transportation arrangements

____ Identified snow routes

____ Bus timetables

Home preparedness

____ Battery-operated radio/flashlights

____ Fresh batteries

____ Well-stocked provisions

____ Necessary medications

  • Listen to the weather forecast.  Have a plan in case severe weather strikes.
  • Make sure you have a snow shovel and salt or a de-icer product to clear your driveway and sidewalks.
  • When the storm hits, don’t drive if you don’t have to. Fewer cars on the street during and after a storm make it easier and safer to clear streets.
  • Use the bus. SDOT works closely with Metro Transit to ensure bus routes are passable.
  • If you must drive, make sure your car is ready. Carry chains or other traction devices and be prepared to put them on. Make sure windows are clear and the snow is brushed from the entire car.
  • Slow down and allow plenty of room between you and the next vehicle. Be prepared for ice you cannot see, especially on bridges and raised roadways.
  • Watch for and respect Street Closed signs. They are placed by the police for your safety.

Winter Storms - Be a Good Neighbor

You are part of the team too! Your participation and awareness can help.

  • Clear nearby street drains of leaves so they don't block water from reaching the drains. Place your leaves in a yard waste container, not in the street.
  • Residents and businesses are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the sidewalks next to their property. Use a snow shovel and salt or a de-icer product. Pedestrians, especially children, senior citizens and your mail carrier will appreciate your effort. If you have elderly neighbors, consider clearing their sidewalk. If everyone does their part, sidewalks will be open to reach the store and bus stop.
  • Clear your garbage carts of snow and ice. It makes pickup easier and more efficient.
  • Snowplows will usually push snow to the side of the road, so you may need to remove the extra snow from your driveway. Also, if you park on a snowplow route, you may need to dig your car out.


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