Winter Weather Preparedness Week December 3-9, 2023
Emergency Management raises awareness with winter weather tips
PITT COUNTY, N.C. – Winter Weather Preparedness Week is December 3-9, 2023 and Pitt County Emergency Management (PCEM) urges residents to prepare for winter weather by updating their emergency plans and restocking emergency supplies kit.
“Winter weather in North Carolina can be difficult to predict, so the message is always to have a plan. Now is the time to make a plan and prepare so that families can weather winter storms. For more information, go to ready.gov and readync.gov,” says Randy Gentry, Emergency Management Director.
During extremely cold weather or winter storms, staying warm and safe can be a challenge. Winter storms can bring cold temperatures, power outages and icy roads. Here are tips to keep Pitt County residents safe:
- Keep alternative heating sources prepared. If you have a fireplace, store plenty of dry, seasoned wood and keep fire extinguishers on hand.
- 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 as carbon monoxide poisoning can result from the fumes.
- Keep new batteries on hand to use with flashlights and weather radios.
- Always keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water in your home.
- Wear multiple layers of thin clothing instead of a single layer of thick clothing to stay warm.
- If you must travel during a winter storm, store an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes blankets, battery-powered radio with extra batteries, first aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries, battery booster cables and flares, tire repair kit and pump, road map, sack of cat litter (for tire traction), tow rope, bottled water and non-perishable high-energy foods, extra clothing to keep dry and a windshield scraper and brush.
- If driving on snow- or ice-covered roadways, reduce your speed and leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles.
- If conditions worsen and you can no longer drive safely, pull off the highway. Stay calm and remain in your vehicle. Do not set out on foot unless you can clearly see a building where you can take shelter.
Most deaths attributed to winter storms are the result of indirect dangers such as traffic accidents, falling trees, downed power lines, house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning resulting from improper use of space heaters, grills and stoves.
Pitt County, NC and Emergency Management Facebook pages will post graphics promoting winter weather awareness and tips throughout the week. For more information, call PCEM at 252-902-3950.
Dawn C. Jones
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