Snow and Bitterly Cold Weather Could Combine for Tricky Driving This Weekend

Posted: Fri, December 6, 2013

Although the forecast only calls for a few inches of snow over most of Iowa this weekend, motorists haven't had a lot of practice this year driving in winter weather, and frigid temperatures could make becoming stranded in a vehicle very dangerous. The Iowa Department of Transportation's snow plows will be out spreading anti-icing chemicals and clearing roads where necessary. Motorists should use extra caution and follow these tips to drive more safely during winter weather.

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Use your vehicle's safety equipment. Make sure you and your passengers are wearing their seatbelts or are in a child safety seat. Your vehicle's headlights are a valuable asset when driving in winter weather. Turn them on to see and be seen.

Fill your vehicle's gas tank. Before traveling in winter weather, always keep your vehicle's gas tank nearly full and make sure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition.

Never use cruise control during winter weather. Your vehicle's cruise control sensors may not work properly if the tires are traveling on packed snow or ice. This can cause your vehicle to increase its speed, placing you at greater risk of getting involved in a crash.

Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle. This kit should contain items to help sustain your life and the lives of your passengers should your vehicle become stranded. These items can include: booster cables, candles and matches, a flashlight with fresh batteries, extra blankets and warm clothes, nonperishable food items, a can for melting water, and a snow shovel. Sufficient supplies should be in the kit for all persons traveling in the vehicle. Carrying a mobile phone in your vehicle is also advised for use during an emergency.

Use caution when approaching or following a snowplow. Snowplows generally operate at much slower speeds than other traffic. Snowplows can be forced sideways when clearing hard-packed drifts and generate a "snow cloud" that may impair the vision of drivers in nearby vehicles. Remain a safe distance behind the snowplow, pass only when clear; and never continue to drive alongside a plow. Allow plenty of space when passing the snowplow because the wing of the plow blade extends out to the side of the truck. Do not cut back into the lane of traffic too closely in front of a snowplow truck because the blade also extends in front of the truck. Remember the slogans, "Ice and Snow …Take It Slow" and "Don't crowd the plow."

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Draft Allamakee Comp Plan Available for Public Review and Comment

Posted: Wed, November 25, 2020

The draft 2020 Allamakee County comprehensive plan, All in Allamakee, is now available for public review and comment. To view the draft document in PDF form, and for instructions on submitting comments, please click on the following link.

http://www.uerpc.org/public-comment.html

Comments may be submitted through the comment form on that page or directly to the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors.

The Allamakee County Supervisors will hear public comments and consider adoption of the plan at upcoming meetings on Monday, November 30th and Monday, December 7th. Meetings start at 9:30 a.m and can be attended in-person or virtually. For contact information and information on upcoming Board of Supervisor meetings, please visit https://www.allamakee.us/supervisors.

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The UERPC November 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, November 16, 2020

The UERPC November 2020 Newsletter is here! https://uerpc.org/newsletters.html 

Highlights include:

  • Northeast Iowa Collaboration Recognized Nationally for Environmental Education
  • NICC Virtual Training Opportunities
  • Meet the Iowa Safe Routes Partnership Team!
  • UERPC is Open
  • NOTICE:  UERPC offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Employee Spotlight:  Michelle Barness
  • UERPC Hosting Virtual Legislative Event on December 10th
  • IEDA Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program Virtual Application Workshop
  • Iowa Workforce Development Information
  • November 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Serve Screen-free Connections During This Holiday Season

 

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The UERPC October 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, October 19, 2020

The UERPC October 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/f96982376c0a/uerpc-august-2020-newsletter-3317734

Highlights include:

  • Happy "Walk"tober from UERPC!
  • Iowa Workforce Development Information
  • Food Hub Helps Farmers, Pantry Clients During Market Closure
  • REMINDER:  UERPC is Open
  • NOTICE:  UERPC offices will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day
  • Employee Spotlight:  Valerie Reinke
  • Make Your Voice Heard--Vote!
  • Safe at Work Information and Business Helpline
  • October 5-2-1-0 Feature:  It's Healthiest State Month!

 

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The UERPC September 2020 Newsletter is here!

Posted: Mon, September 21, 2020

The UERPC September 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/c345401f2d53/uerpc-september-2020-newsletter-3294762 

Highlights include:

  • EDA Award Allows UERPC to Add New Monies to Current RLF
  • UERPC Receives Community Facilities TAT Grant
  • Limited In-person Services Now Offered by IowaWORKS
  • Dedicated Maynard Walking School Bus Volunteer Featured in Oelwein Daily Register
  • Employee Spotlight:  Karen Cooper
  • UERPC Announces New Housing Department Head
  • Lost Wage Assistance Now Available
  • Virtual Live Business Summit 2020:  Culture of Service, the Zappos Story
  • Walk to School Day is October 7th
  • Family Business Forum to Launch Breakfast Series
  • UERPC Featured as Iowa Safe Routes to School Guest Blogger
  • September 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Try Healty Back-to-school Snacks

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