Pontotoc County emergency officials work together during winter storm

By: Ashley Park Email
By: Ashley Park Email

ADA, OK -- While residents are making preparations for the winter storm, Pontotoc County Emergency Management Director, Chad Letellier, says his staff has been prepping since last week. He says parts of the county will get ice, sleet, and possibly snow.

"I think a half inch might be fairly common throughout the county by the time it's over," Letellier said. "Supposedly we'll get some sleet, maybe an inch of sleet, and then later on, later friday we may see some snow, maybe an inch or two."

Letellier says that drivers should be cautious when driving in any severe weather condition, but he says ice is the most dangerous to drive on, and drivers need to be even more aware on the road.

"Once it gets cold enough, whatever is on the roads will freeze and whatever is wet on the roads now will become ice," Letellier said. "And drivers need to absolutely start slowing down right now because you don't know when it's going to happen and it's going to happen in different spots at different times."

Letellier says the safest thing for people to do is stay home when possible.

He says they have been working with other agencies, like the Red Cross, in case the weather does get worse.

Red Cross volunteers say they're on standby to open up emergency shelters if necessary.

"We'll have generators here to make sure that the building stays warm, you can come in we'll have blankets and things like that," volunteer, Linzi Thompson said. "I believe we'll also have cots incase we do need to make it an overnight shelter."

Thompson says the Laser Zone in Ada will serve as the main shelter, and can accommodate up to 150 people. If necessary. the Ada First Baptist Church will serve as a second emergency shelter.

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