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Mahoning County EMA offers safety tips to prepare for winter storm

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - As we prepare for the winter storm that is set to hit the valley Tuesday night, the Mahoning County Emergency Management Agency provides some tips on how to keep our homes and our vehicles safe.

The EMA says to make sure your home is stocked with emergency supplies. These include extra blankets, sleeping bags, warm clothing, flashlights and extra batteries, a radio, extra food and a first aid kit. Remember to check on your neighbors and older relatives to make sure they also have enough supplies.

Vehicles should also be stocked with emergency supplies, including jumper cables, emergency flares, extra blankets and clothes to keep warm, and a charged cell phone. The EMA says to always have more than a half tank of fuel to avoid fuel line freeze up.

Here are some safety tips from the EMA when driving in winter weather conditions:

  • Take it slow. Allow yourself some extra time to travel, and plan for delays.
  • Keep control of your vehicle by not setting it in cruise control and avoiding abrupt steering maneuvers, as it can cause sliding. Merge into traffic slowly.
  • Pay attention to the weather conditions by listening to weather reports before you head out. You can find out about conditions, as well as road closures or delays, at
  • Be extremely cautious when driving over bridges and overpasses during freezing temperatures. They become slippery and icy before roadways, as they can be five to six degrees cooler. 

For more on how to stay safe and be prepared for winter storm, visit


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