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Residents Urged to Stay Home Until Storm Passes; If Venturing Out, Take Emergency Kit

Safety and Transportation officials are advising residents to hunker down and stay put until the blizzard passes, if at all possible. Already across much of the Ozarks, it’s impossible to see the sides of the roads, due to deep snowfall. If someone absolutely must venture out, emergency officials say they need to go out prepared. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.

Robert Taylor works as a trainer and planner with the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management. He says anyone who absolutely has to venture out into the snow should only go out with an emergency kit, consisting of a few key items.

“Some of the standard supplies would obviously be: food and water; we suggest extra blankets; some kind of visual indicator as to whether or not you need help, or you have abandoned the car; put plenty of gas in the car; make sure it’s properly maintained; then have some kind of form of communication, preferably a cell phone,” he said.

The Office of Emergency Management also says if you must drive, take a shovel, as well as sand or cat box filler for traction. Drivers should also wear numerous layers and be prepared to walk in deep snow if necessary.

For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Moore.