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Posted on: January 5, 2017

Hall County prepared for winter weather, citizens urged to use caution

Hall County crews are prepared and poised to respond to the
winter weather event forecasted in coming days.

 

“We have already mobilized resources for a potential winter weatherevent over the weekend,” Hall County Administrator Randy Knighton said.  “Heavy equipment has been staged near busy
roadways throughout the area and we have confirmed our stockpile of calciumchloride for treating slick surfaces.”

 

All departments involved in severe weather events
participated in an exercise in the fall to practice their response to an eventmirroring the one expected to hit our area this week.

 

“As we do every year, County departments met several months
ago to coordinate activities and discuss supply needs in regards to severeweather,” Hall County Emergency Management Agency Director David Kimbrell
said.  “We are ready to actively respondto whatever the weather brings.”

 

While Hall County public safety personnel and road
maintenance crews have done an outstanding job preparing Hall County roadwaysfor the potential of ice and snow, citizens are still encouraged to use extreme
caution.

 

“We are urging motorists to stay off the roadways if at allpossible and to be careful when out playing in the snow,” said Capt. Zach
Brackett with Hall County Fire Services. “Unfortunately, our department responds to a number of falls and
sledding crashes as black ice remains a real threat to the safety of ourcitizens in this type of weather.”

 

Brackett also encouraged residents to practice the following
fire safety guidelines:

-         Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen
when using a fireplace.

-         Make sure space heaters have an automatic shut
off.

-         Keep wood stove doors closed unless adding wood
or pellets or when stoking the fire.

-         Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from
any heat source such as fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators or space heaters.

-         Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal
container and keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home and any nearbybuildings.

 

“We will continue to monitor the weather situation as it
develops, and our crews will work throughout the event in order to ensure thesafety of our citizens,” Knighton said. “Again, we ask all residents to use extreme caution and heed thewarnings of our public safety personnel in regards to personal safety and fire
prevention.”

 

Any information regarding weather-relatedclosings/cancellations will be posted on www.hallcounty.org,
shared on Hall County’s Facebook and Twitter pages and will be sent to areamedia outlets for broadcast and/or publication. 

 

 



*A media briefing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at the Hall County Road Maintenance Department, located at 1670 Barber Road in Gainesville.  Public Information, Road Maintenance, Public Safety and Emergency Management representatives will be available for comment on winter weather preparations and safety precautions. 

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