This recently came across our desk and we thought this message from Teton County Emergency Management was worth sharing! Knowing the risks is first step in mitigating them. Enjoy the snow and stay safe out there.
Press Release from Teton County Emergency Management February 6, 2017,
With yet another Winter Storm Warning in place, many valley residents and businesses are experiencing snow loads on structures that have not been seen in these parts in a long time. According to the Teton County/Town of Jackson/Teton Conservation District Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (http://www.tetonwyo.org/em/docs/Emergency.pdf), Winter Storms and Avalanches have some of the highest hazard consequences in our area.
With that in mind, Teton County Emergency Management would like to provide some resources to help this winter season:
Winter Resources for Emergency Preparation
1. Take your time and know your limits when shoveling snow. Working beyond your limits can result in injuries and heart attacks. If you have neighbors with special needs who can’t remove their own snow, offer to help them out. Get more info about the risks of shoveling at http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-snow-shoveling.aspx
2. Snow loading on roofs is become a significant concern throughout the valley. If you don’t have experience working on a roof, call a contractor or landscaper with roof-clearing experience to help you out. Check attachments to this email for info on roof snow-loading and roof snow removal from FEMA.
3. Many roofs in the valley are sliding with little notice. Don’t linger in doorways or at the edge of rooflines of buildings, and remain aware of your surroundings.
4. Keep those fire hydrants clear! Fighting structure fires in the winter is hard enough. Without readily available water from hydrants, it may be near impossible. If you have a hydrant on or near your property, shovel it out for easy fire department access.
5. Although it’s warm now, the next cold snap can be right around the corner. Check out these resources for info on cold weather safety. https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather
With a little preparation, neighbors helping neighbors, and these safety tips, everyone can have a safe and fun winter.
Teton County Emergency Management
3240 S Adams Canyon Dr
Jackson, WY 83001