Tuesday March 3, 2015
A significant winter storm is expected over the entire state Wednesday and Wednesday night. Snow, sleet, and accumulating freezing rain are expected with snow amounts highest in the north central area (=>5 inches) and ice accumulation greatest in the southeast. There will be travel issues and possible power outages, particularly in those area with greater ice accumulation.
Following are a collection of comments and recommendations you may find helpful as you prepare for this event.
- Top off all backup generator tanks, and if you got them, move portable generators to key locations. Consider fuel supplies required for an extended outage.
- If you do not have generators, know power/voltage requirements at key pumping facilities.
- Ensure all vehicles are equipped with chains; a chainsaw may also be handy.
- Ensure employees have appropriate cold weather clothing
- Clearly designate on-call personnel and responsibilities; communicate storm preparations to all staff members.
- Confirm with your electrical provider that restoration at key facilities is high on their priority list. Determine expected length of power outages before requesting a generator. It may 24 hours or longer to locate, deliver, and connect a generator.
- Emergency contacts:
- Designated contact of your power provider
- County Emergency Manager and County Judge, these are the primary contacts for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management if there is a severe disaster.
- Neighboring utilities
- Arkansas Rural Water
- Arkansas Department of Health
State ARWarn Chair
Central Arkansas Water