How You Can Help

You can help make the community safe during the wintertime by knowing your responsibilities and preparing for severe weather conditions.

Residents' responsibilities

Residents are responsible for:

  • Abiding by winter parking restrictions
  • Parking off-street during and after snow or ice storms at all times so plows can clear the roads thoroughly
  • Clear snow and ice from your property, including all sidewalks, steps and driveways

Preparing for snow, hail and ice storms

It is important to always be prepared for winter storms. Some things you can do to prepare you and your family include:

  • Secure everything that might be blown around or torn loose indoors and outdoors if a severe storm is forecast
  • Trim dead branches and cut down trees to reduce the danger of them falling
  • Stay away from windows, doors and fireplaces in high winds
  • Keep an emergency kit in your home
  • Keep away from downed power lines and be aware of lines that could fall near you or your car when driving. Lines can continue to break and fall for many hours after hail, ice or snow stops
  • Shelter your livestock or animals on farms. Give them food and water often
  • Keep an emergency's supply of non-perishable food, mobile light and heat sources, and batteries if the power goes out

What to do during hail and ice storms

  • Protect your vehicle by putting it in the garage
  • Take cover immediately when hail begins to fall. Do not try to cover plants, pets, cars or other items. Some hail can cause serious injury
  • Avoid driving in freezing rain. Roads are very slippery in freezing rain conditions. Wait many hours after it ends so that our road maintenance crews have time to spread salt or sand on icy roads
  • Avoid hypothermia by moving yourself, pets and livestock indoors when blizzards and ice storms are happening. Make food available. Forage is often inaccessible during and after ice storms