The National Weather Service of Springfield has issued a “Hazardous Weather Outlook” calling for the potential of ice accumulation of a quarter to three quarters of an inch from Thursday night into early this weekend.

We understand the uncomfortable feeling that a predicted winter storm brings based upon the circumstances surrounding the devastating ice storm a decade ago. However, there is still considerable uncertainty on the location of the freezing line which will determine the amount of ice that accumulates.

“I want to assure our members that our workforce is on alert and will be ready to step into action as needed,” reported CEO/General Manager Marc Roecker. “Key personnel have been meeting to monitor the weather forecasts closely and are beginning to deploy the Response and Disaster Recovery Plan. Our employees are prepared to work extended hours to make any inconvenience as short as possible. Our equipment is ready to dispatch at a moment’s notice and we have ample materials on supply for any situation.”

Frequent updates will be provided to local media as well as across our website and Facebook so members can receive the most up-to-date information.

Members are encouraged to prepare for the possibility of outages:

Keep a battery-operated radio, flashlight and extra batteries on hand.

Gather extra blankets or a sleeping bag for each person. Do not use gas stoves, kerosene heaters or other open-flame heat sources to prevent deadly carbon monoxide gas from building up in your home.

Have a supply of bottled water. Have items on hand that don’t require refrigeration and can be eaten without cooking or preparation.

If someone in your home is dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining medical equipment, review your family emergency plan for back-up power, or make arrangements to relocate when a warning is issued. Make sure to have enough prescription medicines on hand.

If you plan to use a portable generator, now would be a good time to make certain the generator is in proper working order. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Never connect a portable generator to your home’s electrical system without a proper transfer switch.