Just after 5PM today, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero declared a Snow Emergency in the City of Lansing. Please do not park on city streets in order to give plows plenty of room to clear the snow away.

Some suggestions issued by the city earlier in the day for help in dealing with the current winter storm:

 

• Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, slow down and give yourself extra time. Call ahead to make sure the event or activity has not been cancelled.

• If you are stranded, do not leave your vehicle. Stay in your vehicle and wait for help. •

Keep a full tank of gas and an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle. Put warm clothing—such as gloves, blankets and hats—in your kit in case you become stranded.

• Please do not park on City streets. This will aid in plowing efforts to clear streets.

• Be very careful while shoveling snow. This is a very wet, heavy snow and can cause considerable physical stress on the body, especially for people with heart and lung conditions.

• Check heating units. Poorly operating or damaged heating units can release carbon monoxide gas. Test carbon monoxide detectors for proper operation and battery life. Do not use alternative heating devices indoors.

• If you lose power, do not leave candles unattended and do not use generators indoors or in enclosed places.

• Check on family, friends and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance.

• Check and restock your emergency preparedness kit. If you don't have a kit, make one. Additional resources:

• Citizens who need assistance or guidance during this event are encouraged to call 211.

• To report a power outage to Lansing Board of Water and Light, visit www.lbwl.com/outagecenter.

• Sign-up to receive Nixle updates regarding snow street maintenance and plowing updates from the Lansing Public Service Department at www.local.nixle.com/lansing-public-service.

• Additional updates can be found on the City of Lansing’s website, Facebook and Twitter.

• For more information about being prepared for an emergency, visit www.Do1Thing.com.