City of Tulsa officials say they're ready for weather

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Updated: 12/04/2013 10:31 am Published: 12/04/2013 10:28 am

City of Tulsa officials said they are prepared for winter weather predicted to move in to the area this week.

The City’s Streets & Stormwater Dept. handles snow and ice response on the city arterial streets with 170 drivers and support staff assigned to 35 specific routes, totaling 1,768 lane-miles.

Spreading and plowing routes are prioritized based on traffic counts. Once the main streets are cleared and conditions permit, secondary or residential streets near hospitals, schools and areas with steep hills are cleared.

There are 63 truck-mounted salt/sand spreaders, 45 truck-mounted snow plows, seven 4x4 pick-ups equipped with snow plows and three motor graders for use as plows. The City of Tulsa also has 14,500 tons of salt to treat Tulsa streets.

Over the past couple of years, the City has also devoted more resources to its winter response operations for Tulsa Police, Tulsa Fire, MTTA and other agencies to add four-wheel-drive vehicles and other equipment needed during winter storms.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett and the Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency hosted a winter weather exercise a couple of weeks ago that brought together City of Tulsa personnel and supporting partner agencies to focus on operations for winter storm preparation, which gives staff practice for a real weather event.

The City of Tulsa will start sharing safety tips on our Twitter and Facebook accounts. They also suggest Tulsans prepare by doing the following:

Home/Car Disaster Kits
  • Keep an emergency supply kit in your home that includes a battery-powered radio with extra batteries, canned food and a manual can opener, flashlights and battery-powered lamps for power failures, wood for fireplaces, and rock salt to melt ice and sand to improve traction.
  • Make sure your car is in proper working condition and includes: blankets, warm clothing, booster cables and tools, bottled water, dried fruits and nuts, a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, flashlights and batteries, a shovel and ice scraper.
Space Heater Safety

  • Make sure your space heater has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over or overheats.
  • Plug space heaters directly into wall outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip.
  • Keep the heater 3 ft. away from drapes, furniture or other flammable materials.
  • Space heaters are for temporary use. Never leave a space heater unattended or running while you sleep.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning –
  • Never use your oven or stovetop to heat your home.
  • Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern or portable camping stove indoors
  • Never run a generator indoors, even if windows are open
  • Symptoms for carbon monoxide poisoning include: headache, dizziness, weakness, vomiting, chest pain, confusion. If symptoms are experienced, step outdoors, ventilate the area and call 911.

For more tips on winter weather, visit:

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