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Contact: Julia Jarema
Date: November 28, 2012
Phone: (919) 825-2270


 

Take Steps to Prepare for Winter Weather  
 

RALEIGH – Though high temperatures this week are expected to remain in the 50s and 60s for much of North Carolina, state emergency management officials are reminding citizens, businesses and schools to prepare now to stay safe and warm this winter.

Last year was a relatively mild and dry winter, but we can't assume that this year will be the same,” said Doug Hoell, N.C. Emergency Management director. “North Carolina has witnessed a variety of weather in recent winters, from heavier than usual snowfalls, to the more typical accumulation of snow, sleet and freezing rain. It is important to take time now to update your emergency plans and supplies to help keep your family safe.

Darin Figurskey, meteorologist in charge with the National Weather Service in Raleigh, said this year's forecast has an equal chance of having a drier or wetter winter, which means residents “really need to be prepared for any type and amount of winter precipitation.” 

Gov. Perdue declared this week Winter Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina.

It is important that all citizens monitor changing weather conditions by listening carefully to their National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio, local radio and television stations for storm watches or warnings. When winter weather warnings are issued, the public should be prepared for possible power outages or roads made impassable by snow or ice.

Hoell urged residents to practice the following winter safety tips: 

Hoell warned that most deaths attributed to winter storms result from 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.

The Department of Public Safety and the National Weather Service work together to give the public the most up-to-date and accurate weather and safety information to help citizens take the proper measures to protect themselves, their neighbors and loved ones from the effects of dangerous winter storms.

For more information on how to prepare for winter storms, visit www.readync.org. To keep up with the latest forecasts and warnings, visit www.weather.gov.

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