Winter Storms/extreme cold
what you should know
During winter months, our area can experience winter storms and extremely cold conditions that creates a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Know what to do before, during, and after storms and extreme conditions. Create a communications plan with your family before conditions become severe. Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car. Stay off the road during and after a winter storm. Have a carbon monoxide alarm in place, especially is using alternative heating devices. Use safe heating devices. Listen to local officials.
t's simple. If we can't reach you, we can't alert you. CivicReady is our mass notification system. We encourage you to sign up for emergency alerts and severe weather warnings, as well as routine events and community updates. When you sign up, you decide how you want to receive alerts -- email, text, and/or phone call -- so you never miss important information. Click this link to sign up.
Various community agencies will provide shelters and warming centers due to inclement winter weather. If any resident or visitor needs shelter, please call 434-799-5111, option 8, and you will be connected to the non-emergency number of the city's Emergency Communications Center. The center will notify one of the participating agencies to meet the need.
Driveway Snow Removal
It is best not to clear the portion of your driveway near the street until snowplows have cleared the street. The City uses fixed snowplows that throw the snow to the right of the truck and it is not possible for snowplow operators to keep the windrow of snow away from a driveway.
The diagram (PDF) above illustrates how you can minimize the amount of snow left in your driveway entrance by passing snowplows. If you must shovel your driveway entrance before snow removal crews have come down your street, try to follow the instructions in the diagram as you shovel out to the street from your home. By clearing space as illustrated, you allow an area for the plow to unload the snow before it reaches your driveway.
Important Things to Know During A Winter Storm
- 5 things to know about forecasts (GIF)
- Snow Preparation Tips (GIF)
- Winter Emergency Car Kit (GIF)
- Winter Emergency Home Kit (GIF)
- Food safety during a power outage (PDF)
- Power Outages: Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
- Winter Weather Driving Tips (PDF)
- Snow Removal: Instructions for cleaning driveways (PDF)
- Snow Removal: Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)