DYSART, Iowa (KWWL) - Dysart Ambulance Service is reminding those within their service area that staying home during Monday night's winter storm would be the safest choice.
Being a rural emergency ambulance service, the service area is prone to drifting from high winds and heavy snowfall.
Dysart EMS Director, Julie Scadden, says sometimes partnering with the Dysart Fire Department is the only way to reach patients.
"Sometimes they can get us to the patient, and bring the patient out to the ambulance, but when it's blowing and it's literally blizzarding there's going to be times when we are just not going to be able to get there," Scadden said.
Scadden warns some of the most frequent calls they respond to are people having to walk in the cold after their car falls victim to poor road conditions.
"They might have to get out of their vehicle and walk home. You're dealing with people out in the cold, and maybe aren't in the best of shape, or not used to walking that far," Scadden said.
If traveling during the storm, Scadden says to pack essentials if stranded without help.
"Think of it in terms on if you have to go out, and if you get stuck what are you going to need? Definitely going to need water, and a blanket, it's important to have those things with you," Scadden said.