Black Ice Safety
Black ice is an expected hazard today, Jan. 29. Black ice forms when the air temperature is warmer than pavement, which causes moisture to rapidly freeze and create a thin, transparent layer of ice on the roadway. It can be one of the most dangerous conditions on roads as it is invisible and can catch drivers off guard and at full speed, resulting in loss of vehicle control. Drivers can increase safety by observing the following tips:
· Be aware that black ice is almost invisible.
· Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and tunnels and in early morning when the air temperature is rising faster than the pavement temperature.
· Never brake while driving on ice. Applying pressure to your brakes while on ice will cause a vehicle to skid. Brake only during your approach.
· Keep your distance. The distance needed to stop on ice is twice as long as under normal driving circumstances. Keep at least a three-car distance from the vehicle directly in front of you.
Ÿ Santa Rosa County residents who cannot maintain heat due to power outages or any other reasons are encouraged to call the Citizens Information Line at (850) 983- INFO (4636).
Ÿ Gulf Power is reporting 195 outages impacting 3,517 customers in Santa Rosa County.
o An outage map is available at MyGulfPower.com.
o Escambia River Electric Cooperative – 0
Ÿ Please do not call 9-1-1 to report power outages. Power outages should be reported to Gulf Power at 1-800-GU-Power (1-800-487-6937) or Escambia River Cooperative, Inc. at 1-877-OUT-EREC (1-877-688-3732).
Ÿ Never touch a fallen power line, and assume all wires on the ground are electrically charged.
Cold Weather Shelters
Cold Weather Safety
Actions Taken by the County
In preparation for the low temperatures, Santa Rosa County has taken the following steps:
General Safety Information