York County issued the following news release, encouraging residents to be prepared for a winter storm expected to move into the area Tuesday night:
"York County Commissioners and Office of Emergency Management are advising residents to prepare for the incoming winter storm.
Weather forecasters are projecting that York County could receive upwards of 6-10 inches of snow, depending on the location, tonight through Wednesday afternoon.
In anticipation of winter storm, the Commissioners and Office of Emergency Management offer the following preparedness tips:
- Residents should maintain an emergency kit in their homes to ensure they have adequate supplies if unable to leave their homes. Such kits should minimally include a supply of drinking water, non-perishable food, non-electric can opener, first-aid kit, radio, flashlight, personal health needs and extra batteries.
- Have the phone number to your electricity provider available. Residents should not call 911 to report power outages unless the outage poses a threat to safety or property. Instead, residents should call their electricity provider.
- Residents should have on hand an adequate supply of rock salt or alternate product to melt ice on walkways, as well as snow shovels and other snow/ice removal equipment.
- Ensure that generators are prepared and ready to safely use pursuant to manufacturer instructions. Never use a generator indoors or near windows or doors. Call an electrician if needed to help with installation, maintenance or preparation.
- Take the necessary steps to prepare alternate sources of heat (e.g. kerosene heaters, wood stoves, etc.) if residents plan to use them during a power outage. Follow manufacturer instructions and ensure an adequate supply of fuel.
- Make sure your vehicle contains an emergency kit containing, at minimum, water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, extra blankets, maps, jumper cables and a first-aid kit.
Residents can visit www.ready-york.org for more preparedness information and also can follow the Office of Emergency Management on Facebook to get news and updates from the agency."