MASON COUNTY — As mother nature prepares to hit the area with another dose of winter starting Sunday, the Mason County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is watching the situation closely.
Matt Gregg, who works with EMA and supervises its social media presence, said the office will be providing updates on the storm and any community needs that arise because of it, on its Facebook page, Twitter account and via Nixle.
Nixle is a free service to people in the county to alert them of major incidents, including those that are weather related, via phone and by text message. Residents can sign up for Nixle by visiting www.masoncountyoes.com. In fact, information on all of the social media services the county provides for updates in emergency situations can be found at www.masoncountyoes.com.
Gregg said those at EMA, including Director Chuck Blake, had several weather briefings on Friday about the storm through the state EMA office and with the National Weather Service - more are planned. Right now the plan is to monitor the storm system and act and respond accordingly, Gregg said.
This system could bring ice, snow and power outages on Sunday into Monday so residents are being asked to be safe rather than sorry and prepare.
The American Red Cross recommends the following items be on hand during an emergency: Water, one gallon per person, per day; food that is non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items; flashlight that is battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible); extra batteries; first aid kit; medications; multi-purpose tool; sanitation and personal hygiene items; cell phone with chargers; extra blankets; extra cash. Also, having some kind of back up heat is a must during a power outage this time of year.