Residents Make Preparations For Winter Blast

By: Jennifer Weaver Email
By: Jennifer Weaver Email
The incoming storm will undoubtedly have the snowplow drivers working overtime but they

Lydia Vasquez scrapes ice from the windshield of her automobile in Denver on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011. A front moved through the state early Monday morning bringing with it freezing rain, snow and cold. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

A big winter blast is headed our way and Justin Dooley was out getting everything he needs when it hits.

"I try to stay pretty stocked up with an extra gas can, jumper cables and obviously the good ice scraper," Dooley said.

A foot of snow? Jessica Hill says she is use to it and knows what to pack for the car.

"Living in Michigan snow really doesn't bother me," Hill said. "To get prepared I just make sure I have a scraper and I keep a blanket and some gloves in case I get stuck on the side of the road," she said.

And it's not just residents packing up emergency items. Michigan State Police have a checklist of their own.

1st Lt. Edward Hay is the Post Commander in Lansing and he says they carry a lot of equipment so they are prepared for everything.

"They're going to make sure that their car is visible from front and rear, all the lights are working," Hay said. "We also carry first aid kits, we carry an fire ax in our patrol vehicles, shovels, jumper cables," he said.

The winter blast could cause big problems for motorists and state police say it's about more than accidents.

"There's also simple slide offs where the driver looses control of the vehicle and simply slides off the road and there's no damage but a company needs to be called in order to get that vehicle removed from the roadway," Hay said.

Michigan State Police are also planning to put off paperwork until the weather clears to ensure all available patrol vehicles are on the roads.


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