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Winter Storm Alert - Feb. 4, 2014
Ohioans urged to prepare for themselves and older loved ones

Feb. 4, 2014

This evening into tomorrow morning, much of Ohio will be impacted by a winter storm bringing with it a range of wintry precipitation, from heavy accumulations of snow in some parts of the state, to a mixture of rain, snow and ice in other regions. Walking and driving conditions are expected to deteriorate quickly beginning this afternoon in most parts of our state. Ice and snow accumulations could also lead to power outages.

We urge you to take time to prepare yourself and your family, including elders, for this storm. Visit www.ready.ohio.gov to learn about winter storm terms and get tips for putting together a disaster kit.

This storm is expected to create very hazardous outdoor conditions. If you can avoid going out, please do so. If you must go out, be careful and take extra steps to prevent falls for yourself and your loved ones.

STEADY U Ohio reminds elders to take extra care to prevent falls in February

Before driving in these conditions, please be aware of local snow emergency declarations and determine if you really must travel. Check road conditions in your area by visiting ohgo.com.

We also ask that you check on older relatives, neighbors and friends before, during and after this storm. Some things to check include if they are staying warm and have access to food and water, as well as if they need medical care.

Older Ohioans are at increased risk for complications from extreme cold

If you or an older loved one needs help, please contact your area agency on aging. Call 1-866-243-5678 to be connected to the agency serving your community, or visit our website for contact information.

Additional information from our partner agencies:

State of Ohio Emergency Operations Center (Ohio EMA)
State fire marshal reminds Ohioans to be fire safe during harsh winter conditions
Ohio Department of Insurance, Insurance Institute provide cold weather tips
Ohio Attorney General monitoring propane price complaints
PUCO urges energy awareness during cold weather
Assistance to help manage energy costs

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