MSP: Be prepared for hazardous winter storm

Posted at 7:54 PM, Dec 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-27 23:16:01-05

MICHIGAN — With freezing rain and up to a half inch of ice accumulation foretasted for parts of Michigan on Monday, the Michigan State Police is encouraging people to be prepared for the storm.

Western Michigan could feel the brunt of the storm, with 50 mph winds and the highest ice accumulation totals of up to a half inch.

“Now is the time to prepare for this winter storm,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD.

“Freezing rain has the ability to be very destructive, causing both long-term power outages and hazardous travel conditions. I strongly recommend anyone who may be affected by this storm to ensure they have enough supplies to last three days per person. Travel may not be possible right away.”

Preparations for the storm could include:

  • Charging cellphones and other devices in case power is interrupted
  • Evaluating whether driving is necessary
  • Stocking up on gas for generators and vehicles
  • Gathering essential supplies for your car and home

Travelers are encouraged to check driving conditions on area roads and can do so by clicking here.

Those traveling are encouraged to keep an emergency kit in their vehicle which could include the following:

  • Hand-crank flashlight and radio
  • Cellphone charger
  • Windshield scraper
  • Emergency contact list
  • Blanket
  • “Help” signs
  • Jumper cables
  • Tow strap
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Cat litter or sand for better tire traction
  • Shovels
  • Flares
  • First aid kit
  • Bottled water
  • Nonperishable, high-energy foods