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story.lead_photo.caption HSV Rotary President John Weidert, left, greets Hot Springs Village Police Chief Ricky Middleton. - Submitted photo

HSV Rotary hears talk on adverse weather

Hot Springs Village Police Chief Ricky Middleton spoke to Hot Springs Village Rotary Club on Nov. 7 on the timely topic of adverse weather preparedness.

Some of the weather-related events he discussed included snowstorms, tornadoes, flooding, and power outages, the club said in a news release.

Middleton revisited snowstorms from years past that left hundreds of Village motorists stranded on the roadways. He asked that drivers who are stranded have patience, as police officers are overwhelmed with calls from one end of the Village to the other, having to traverse hills that can sometimes be impassable.

He warned of carbon monoxide poisoning, both in stranded cars and by people trying to get warm in a closed garage in the event of a power outage. He suggested keeping a small battery-powered radio available to hear updates on KVRE radio rather than calling the police department, because the lines are often completely jammed with callers.

Many of Middleton's tips involved using common sense and being prepared. He suggested having supplies in the car in the event of being stranded, including a blanket, warm shoes, and water. He also advised keeping the home stocked with batteries in case of a power outage, and also having plenty of canned food plus a nonelectric can opener or cans with flip tops.

"Hope for the best but prepare for the worst -- plan ahead. When bad things happen is not the time to be thinking about it. Plan ahead," Middleton said.

The Hot Springs Village club which meets in the Fireside Dining Room at Good Sam's, 121 Cortez Road, Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. Visit http://www.hsvrotary.org or Facebook.com/hsvrotary for more information.

Society on 11/09/2019

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