800 am EST Tue Dec 1, 2015
winter weather preparedness week in North Carolina
November 29 through December 5, 2015
This week has been declared winter weather preparedness week in
North Carolina. All week long the National Weather Service will be
issuing informative messages to help you prepare for winter weather.
Today we will focus on winter weather preparedness and things to
keep in mind when snow and ice are in the forecast.
Is your home prepared for winter?
We think of our homes as the place we want to be when the weather
turns cold and blustery. However, if certain precautions are not
taken before a winter storm strikes, life at home can be just as
miserable as the weather outside.
Severe winter storms produce conditions which can isolate you in
your home for several days. Prolonged loss of power and telephone
services can severely limit your ability to heat your home and call
for help. In severe winter storms, obtaining supplies,food and other
necessities can be hampered or prevented by poor Road conditions.
The following are some helpful hints to make your home a safe Haven
during winter weather.
Stock an emergency supply of food and water prior to the onset of a
winter storm. Include food items which require no cooking such as
canned meats, Peanut butter and other non-perishables. Also do not
Forget to have necessary medicines and baby items on hand. A three
to five day supply of food and medicine is generally sufficient.
Also make sure you have a manual can opener.
Keep an adequate supply of heating fuel (firewood, kerosene, etc.)
At your home. Use your fuel properly and sparingly as supplies may
be in short order during winter storms. Use heaters and fuels
properly and safely in order to avoid deadly fires and Carbon
Keep on hand a flash light, battery powered radio, extra batteries,
and a first aid kit.
Prevent water pipes from freezing by wrapping them with insulation
or newspaper covered with plastic. In really cold weather, let your
faucets drip slightly to help avoid freezing. If your pipes do
freeze, remove the insulation and wrap the pipes in rags. Open every
faucet in the house and pour hot water over the rag wrapped pipes.
Also, know how to shut off your homes water supply should water
Keep generators well away from the home. Never run a generator in
your garage or any other enclosed area. Carbon monoxide from the
exhaust of the generator can be a silent killer. Also make sure your
generator is properly wired to your home.
Never heat your home using a charcoal grill, gas grill or Camp
stove. Grills and Camp stoves create deadly Carbon monoxide fumes
that will build up when used in your home. Always use grills
Due to the use of alternative heating sources, house fires can be a
real danger during winter storms, so make sure that every family
member knows how to evacuate the home in the event of a fire. Make
sure you and your family designate an outdoor meeting place if you
do have to leave your home quickly because of a fire. Also make sure
all smoke detectors are working properly and have fresh batteries.
Being prepared for winter weather means having the necessary
information to make the right decisions. Weather forecasts play a
large role in this decision making process. The National Weather
Service recommends that you regularly check its web site or tune
into NOAA Weather Radio, local television and local radio in order
to keep informed of weather conditions and forecasts this winter.
Additional information on winter weather preparedness can be
obtained on-line through the North Carolina department of emergency
management home Page. The url is:
up-to-date weather information is available on-line from the
following National Weather Service sites serving North Carolina (all
urls in lower case):
NWS Raleigh NC- http://weather.Gov/rah
NWS Wilmington NC - http://weather.Gov/ilm
NWS Newport/Morehead City NC - http://weather.Gov/mhx
NWS Wakefield VA - http://weather.Gov/akq
NWS Blacksburg VA - http://weather.Gov/rnk
NWS Greenville/Spartanburg SC - http://weather.Gov/gsp
National Weather Service winter weather preparedness home Page -
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Statement as of 7:11 am EST on December 1, 2015