North Carolina Observing Winter Weather Preparedness Week

"Many families are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew and other disasters," said state Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. "Emergency managers are working daily with impacted communities to help them recover from these storms. But it is critical that we also prepare for any winter storm that can bring different hazards."

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared Dec. 3-9 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week and urged state residents to plan, prepare, and be ready for potentially dangerous winter weather in the months ahead. "North Carolina has seen its share of snow and ice storms in recent years, and we need to be ready for the next one," the governor said. "As winter begins, make sure you review your emergency plans, update your emergency supply kit and stay informed about weather forecasts."

His announcement said North Carolina's proximity to the Appalachian Mountains, Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, and Gulf Stream can make winter weather patterns difficult to predict. Each year, there are approximately six to 12 winter storms in the Piedmont, 10 or more winter storms in the mountains, and usually fewer than four winter storms that affect the coastal counties.

"Many families are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew and other disasters," said state Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. "Emergency managers are working daily with impacted communities to help them recover from these storms. But it is critical that we also prepare for any winter storm that can bring different hazards."

Forecasters at the NOAA Climate Prediction Center are expecting a mild La Nina to influence winter conditions this year. La Nina involves a cooling of the ocean that favors warmer and drier winters in the south. However, even with warmer and drier winter weather, winter storms will occur.

To get ready for winter weather, North Carolina Emergency Management officials urge residents 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 for the cold. Wear multiple layers of thin clothing instead of a single layer of thick clothing.
  • Properly vent kerosene heaters and keep electric generators outside and away from open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Do not burn charcoal indoors.
  • Use a NOAA 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.

If you must travel, emergency officials remind motorists to drive safely. For more information, visit www.readync.org.

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