Governor Pat McCrory has declared Dec. 11-17 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week and is urging North Carolinians to plan, prepare and be ready for potentially dangerous winter weather.
“While our attention in recent months has been on floods, hurricanes, droughts and wildfires, we’re all too aware that winter storms also can bring severe impacts to North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory. “We’ve seen our fair share of snow and ice storms in recent years and need to expect the unexpected during this time of year. I urge all individuals and families to review emergency plans, update their emergency supply kits and stay informed.”
North Carolina’s unpredictable winter weather patterns can be attributed to the state’s proximity to the Appalachian Mountains, Atlantic Ocean, Gulf Stream and Gulf of Mexico. Each year there are approximately 12 or more winter storms in the mountains, six to 12 winter storms in the Piedmont and usually less than four winter storms that impact the coastal region.
Governor McCrory urged people to monitor changing weather conditions by listening carefully to local media. When winter weather warnings are issued, be prepared for possible power outages or dangerous driving conditions. Remember: Watch means severe winter conditions could occur, while Warning indicates that 4+ inches of snow or sleet are expected within 12 hours. Advisories indicate that winter weather conditions are expected to cause delays and problems.
To help ensure you are ready for winter weather, North Carolina Emergency Management officials urge you to:
Always keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food in your home
Keep fresh batteries on hand for weather radios and flashlights
Dress warmly. Wear multiple layers of thin clothing instead of a single layer of thick clothing.
Properly vent kerosene heaters and keep any electric generators outside and away from any open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Do not burn charcoal indoors.
Use a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio to monitor for changing weather conditions.
Keep alternative heating sources and fire extinguishers on hand. Be sure your family knows how to use them.
Store an emergency kit in your vehicle. Include scraper, jumper cables, tow chain, sand/salt, blankets, flashlight, first aid kit and road map.