The Time to Prepare is Now

With Another Atmospheric-River Event on the Way, the Time to Prepare is Now
Posted on 03/11/2023
With Another Atmospheric-River Event on the Way, the Time to Prepare is Now

Minden, NV – With localized flooding and excessive snow buildup in many parts of the county—and another atmospheric river event on the way Monday, March 13—the time to prepare for the next round of storms is now. On Friday, March 10, The Douglas County Board of County Commissioners declared a local state of emergency, followed by a declaration of emergency from Governor Joe Lombardo. The County is advising the public to assess their individual situations and gather the necessary flood preparedness and emergency supplies when safe to do so.

On Saturday, March 11, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported that the region will experience, “Continued snow impacts, especially for the mountains with rain or snow showers for lower elevations this weekend. The next atmospheric river brings wind, flood, and snow impacts late Monday into Tuesday and Wednesday.”

The County has activated an emergency operations center to more effectively respond to needs around the county, as well as a flood hotline. Residents can call 775-783-6038 to report any non-emergency-related flood concerns. The hotline is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Please call 911 for flood emergencies.

With more wet weather on the horizon, residents should avoid unnecessary travel and prepare for possible road closures. Douglas County offers the following tips and resources:



  • Clear gas meters of snow
  • If your power goes out, do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home, Use a generator, but only outdoors and away from windows
  • Purchase in advance all the necessary groceries, supplies, and tools to clear sidewalks and driveways, uncover your car, and keep all passageways clear
  • Clear gutters of snow and debris
  • Be sure you have a way to clear snow, including a snow shovel, snow blower with gas, and salt or sand to pre-treat the driveway and sidewalks. A push broom can be helpful for removing snow from vehicles and gas meters

Douglas County wants to urge all residents to stay safe during winter storms. Avoid unnecessary travel and have emergency plans in place in case of power outages, flooding, and dangerous snow conditions. Click here for the County’s Flood Resource page, which includes the most up-to-date information. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.