STORM UPDATE: Winter Storm Jonas

  • STORM UPDATE: Winter Storm Jonas

    STORM UPDATE: Winter Storm Jonas

    Martinsburg City Officials and the Martinsburg Fire Department would like to remind residents of some safety practices inside the home that can prevent an emergency.

    Carbon Monoxide or CO is a colorless, odorless gas that is the byproduct of combustion. CO poisoning can occur when a fuel-burning appliance or machine, such as a furnace, heater or generator, is not working or vented properly. Breathing in CO at high levels can be fatal. Residents can take simple steps to prevent the dangers of CO poisoning. Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris. Keeping vents clear will prevent a buildup of heat and CO.

    Safety officials would also like to inform residents that every effort is being made to clear roads and streets of snow. 911 responses may be delayed during this snow removal effort and residents can do their part by remaining patient and clearing sidewalks to their homes. Residents should not put off calling 911 in the event of an emergency. Residents can also assist fire departments with the increased stress of response by clearing around fire hydrants so they visible and reasonably accessible. Residents with a history of heart or breathing problems need to be careful not to over-exert themselves while shoveling snow and everyone is urged to use caution while outside in icy conditions to avoid fall injuries.

    Citizens are also being urged to limit travel to allow snow removal crews time to clear snow from the roadways. This will continue to be an ongoing effort to return the City of Martinsburg to normal operations, but with your assistance we can ensure its safety until that time. Further information or assistance can be obtained by calling:

    Martinsburg Fire Department: (304) 264-2111 (city residents)
    Martinsburg Police Department: (304) 264-2100
    Berkeley County Emergency Operations Center (EOC): (304) 350-3090