Police and health officials are emphasizing the importance of being prepared should what the National Weather Service calls a “significant winter storm.”
“Just plan on what you need if you couldn’t step out your door between now and next Thursday evening,” Sheriff Ken Campbell said Friday.
“If you prepare for this and they are wrong, so be it; you’re ready for the next one,” Campbell said. “We’ve been preparing for 36 hours for this event.” Additional staff will be on duty; all days off have been canceled, he said.
“Use your head; if you don’t need to go out, don’t,” Campbell said.
Residents should use today to stock up on supplies, including food, water, milk and medications.
“Make sure your gas tank is full,” Campbell said. “Buy that fuel line additive to take moisture out of the tank.”
“Taking preventive action is your best defense,” said Boone County Emergency Agency director Mike Martin. “By preparing your home and car in advance for winter emergencies and by observing safety precautions during times of extremely cold weather, you can reduce the risk of weather-related health problems.”
If conditions become extreme, the county could declare a snow emergency, issuing a “warning” travel advisory that bans all but emergency workers form the roads. That decision would be made by the Boone County Commissioners in consultation with Campbell and Martin.
See Saturday's Lebanon Reporter for more on this story.