With severe winter weather moving into Johnson County this week, an ounce of prevention and a little preparation could make a huge difference — or even save a life, officials are saying.

According to the National Weather Service, while precipitation this week has largely been in check, forecasted lows for Wednesday night will approach 2 degrees, with wind chills as low as -6 degrees.

Johnson County Emergency Management Director Gary McClure said he has been releasing tips and impending weather information via the Emergency

Management Facebook page, and will continue to do so.

As for warming centers, McClure said that plans are already in place should the need arise.

“I spoke with (Paintsville Mayor Bill Mike Runyon) and (Judge-Executive Mark McKenzie) this week, and we’re going to handle it on a case-by-case basis,” McClure said. 

McClure stressed the importance of having cold weather gear, first aid kits, flashlights with fresh batteries and other essentials in your home and in your vehicle.

“Please continue to check on your relatives, neighbors, elderly, and pets during the next few days,” McClure said in a statement. “If you have a true emergency, call 911. For any other non-emergency assistance, please call Paintsville/Johnson County 911 Center at, (606) 789-4221. These lines are answered 24 hours a day.”

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