Winter Hazard Awareness Week is running through Nov. 8, and Douglas County is urging residents to prepare for the upcoming season of snow, ice and wind by considering those around us.

“Preparing as a county is more fun,” says Emergency Management Director Julie Anderson. “Let’s commit to helping our neighbors by donating warm clothes, leaving plenty of time to get to work when it’s snowing, and making sure our elderly family and friends don’t have to shovel driveways and sidewalks if they aren’t able to do it safely.”

The National Weather Service will issue watches and warnings when conditions indicate an ice storm or blizzard. Residents can sign up for weather alerts and other warnings through CodeRED online at

Winter Hazard Awareness Week includes reminders about ice thickness, safely enjoying outdoor sports and activities, indoor winter safety, fire safety and winter driving.

“Winter preparedness is not about us as individuals,” said Anderson. “Make that vehicle emergency kit in case you’re driving your mom to an appointment and you end up in the ditch avoiding a distracted driver. Make sure your teenager knows how to check road conditions on 511 if they’re heading out of town for the weekend and make sure you’re not letting your children stay outside too long in the frigid temperatures.”

Each day of Severe Weather Awareness Week, Douglas County Emergency Management is posting helpful tips and links on its Facebook page.