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Feb. 13, 2007

OSWEGO COUNTY URGES RESIDENTS TO REMAIN CAUTIOUS DURING STORM

FULTON -- Oswego County officials this afternoon warned residents of Oswego County to be prepared for several more days of severe weather. The National Weather Service predicts that some areas of Oswego County could receive up to two feet of snow from a Nor'easter storm Tuesday night and Wednesday, followed by a significant accumulation of lake effect snow.

Legislature Chairman Johnson said there are currently no restrictions on travel in Oswego County, but that people should be aware of the potential for severe weather and hazardous travel conditions. The National Weather Service has advised that heavy snow and 20- to 30- mph winds could cause frequent whiteouts and very bad driving conditions. Wind chills could reach to minus 15 to minus 20 degrees, between Wednesday morning and Friday.

Oswego County Emergency Management Director Patricia Egan encourages people to take stock of their family's disaster supplies. "Always have on hand flashlights and extra batteries, and an AM/FM radio with extra batteries," she said. "Have extra food and water, including high-energy food such as dried fruits or candy and food that doesn't require cooking or refrigeration. It's a good idea to make sure your family has a disaster supplies kit, with enough supplies to last for at least three days, in case you cannot leave your home."

Homeowners are also advised to keep rooftops clear of snow by using long-handled snow rakes or poles. Avoid dropping snow onto propane tanks or electrical wires. "If possible," said Egan, "do not attempt to clear the roof alone. If using a ladder, make sure another adult is holding the ladder while you climb."

Egan said there have been a number of lacerations and snow blower injuries over the past week as a result of the storm, and she urges residents to use extreme caution in snow removal activities.

More information on winter safety and family disaster planning is available from the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 591-9150 or at www.oswegocounty.com/emo. Up-to-date road conditions are posted on the state DOT Web site at www3.travelinfony.com.


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