Authorities tell residents to prepare early before the snow storm is coming

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COLUMBIA, MO (KMIZ)

On Monday afternoon, the City of Columbia sent out a statement, warning of the dangers of the coming storm and telling residents they should prepare early before severe weather hits the area.

Columbia said residents should run errands and shop early to avoid traveling in bad weather.

The City of Columbia said the public works department is preparing its snowplows, equipment and preparing a response plan for the heavy snowfall expected throughout Wednesday and Thursday.

Columbia said it plans to have additional utility crews on standby in the event of high winds and ice on power lines, which could lead to potential power outages.

FEMA recommendations

  • 3 day food/water supply per person
  • Medication
  • Battery powered radio
  • First aid kit
  • Additional flashlights
  • Extra batteries

The Red Cross said that in the event of a power outage, individuals should never use an oven or stove to heat their homes. People using a heater should always leave a space of three feet between the heater and objects that could catch fire and children/pets.

The Red Cross has said heaters should never be left unattended.

Red Cross Recommendations

  • Dress in layers if you are outdoors
  • Keep clothes dry
  • Cover your mouth to avoid breathing cold air
  • Automotive Safety
    • Keep the gas tank full
    • windshield scraper
    • small broom
    • Sand/kitty litter for traction
    • Blankets
    • emergency kit
    • Food/Water

Early Tuesday morning, the winter storm watch for Boone County was upgraded to a winter storm warning.

Be sure to tune in to ABC 17 News This Morning starting at 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning. First coverage of the storm begins at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning on ABC 17 News This Morning.

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