Top 10 Snow Preparation Tips


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1. Be prepared to shelter in place. Keep a three-to-five-day supply of non-perishable food and water on hand, along with a non-electric can opener, battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries. Arlington ’s Emergency Preparedness web page contains detailed information to help you plan for any type of emergency situation.

2. Stay informed- tune to 1700 AM, Arlington's Emergency Alert Channel.  Or, stay tuned for weather information on other local TV and radio stations, this website or the County's cable channel, AVN 74. Sign up for Arlington Alert, Arlington’s free service that sends text messages to your mobile device during an emergency. Have a battery-powered radio in case of power outage.

3. Dress warmly if you go out.

  • Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing.
  • Outer garments should be tightly woven and water-repellent. Mittens are warmer than gloves.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs from extremely cold air.
  • Wear sturdy, waterproof boots in snow or flooding conditions.
  • Change out of wet clothing to prevent a loss of body heat.

4. Conserve fuel during a storm by keeping your house cooler than normal. Lower the thermostat and close off unused rooms to save energy.

5. Beware of carbon monoxideIf using generators, kerosene heaters or gas fireplaces, read the owner's manual on maintaining proper ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep heaters at least three feet from flammable objects.

6.  Report downed power lines and broken gas lines.

  • Dominion - downed power lines: 1-888-667-3000
  • Washington Gas emergencies: 703-750-1400 or 1-800-752-7520.

7. Check on others. Please check on relatives, friends and neighbors, especially those who are elderly or at risk, to ensure that they are safe.

8. Do not park vehicles on snow emergency routes when snow emergencies are declared. Park vehicles in driveways where available, and leave room for plows to clear the street.

9. Keep sidewalks clear. Residents are responsible for maintaining sidewalks in front of their homes and clearing them of snow and ice.

10. Avoid overexertion. Cold weather puts an added strain on the heart. Unaccustomed exercise such as shoveling snow or pushing a car can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse.


Weather Hotlines
Public Schools 866-322-4277
Parks & Recreation 703-228-4715

State Roads
VDOT 888-383-8368
State Roadwork Request

Local Streets
Report a Snow Issue
Snow Service Status Updates 703-228-6485
Report a Pothole (or call 703-228-6570)

Downed Power Lines
Dominion Power 888-667-3000

Gas Emergencies
Washington Gas 703-750-1400
or 800-752-7520


Towed Cars During Snow Emergency
Call 703-558-2222

Last Modified: February 12, 2014
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