Prepping for Potential Winter Storm Threat in Parts of Ky. and Ohio

By: Bill Murray, Andrew Colegrove Email
By: Bill Murray, Andrew Colegrove Email

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio/CARTER COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- For Rhonda Pierce, 2003 was a year to remember.

An ice storm hit the northern part of Lawrence County, Ohio, and left Pierce and her family stranded for weeks.

"Oh, it was awful, just awful," Pierce said. "We were without power for four weeks. It was really, really hard."

Meanwhile in eastern Kentucky, Grayson Rural Electric President and CEO Carol Fraley says they have equipment and extra poles on hand and crews on standby.

Fraley says they've been consistent cutting tree limbs out of the way, but something they can't really prevent that's been a real problem is trees on hillsides that fall onto lines or poles.

She says crews from other parts of Kentucky as well as Indiana and Ohio may come in and help, depending how bad it gets.

The American Red Cross has a disaster motto to be prepared. Three simple, complete thoughts than can make a difference. Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed.

"It's important not to panic." says Vicki James of the American Red Cross. "but a good rule of thumb is to make sure you have enough emergency supplies to last three days."

Here's a basic list the ARC recommends at a minimum.

  • Water: one gallons per person, per day.
  • Food: non perishable, easy to prepare meals.
  • Flashlight
  • Battery powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7 day supply)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blankets

"It just pays to be prepared," said Bonnie Prince, a disaster coordinator with Kentucky Baptist Relief. Prince is from Ashland but travels the globe helping people recover from natural disasters.

"I've been collecting water in containers now since the last storm, so I have it when I need it," Prince said. "It's just being prepared. You never know when they're going to cut the water off or when the power's going to be out because of a storm, so you need to be able to function."

Pierce said 11 years may seem like a long time ago, but the memory is very real and stuck in her mind. The last thing she wants to be in this storm threat is stuck again.

"I'm getting ready with supplies," she said. "I just want to be prepared before something comes because you got to survive."

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