Raleigh.- The winter season is approaching and therefore the North Carolina government has asked to prepare for the cold temperatures.
Starting this weekend, temperatures could drop as low as 36 degrees. Also, this week marks Winter Weather Preparedness Week (held December 4-10), and Governor Roy Cooper has issued a call to the people of the state.
“We all need to be prepared by updating emergency preparedness kits and reviewing our family emergency plan,” the Governor said. “Residents should stay informed by paying attention to reliable, official sources of information on weather forecasts and warnings.”
As part of preparations, it is recommended to monitor weather conditions and forecasts through local media.
Furthermore, the importance of remembering the criteria used in weather alerts is highlighted:
- Winter storm watch. Used when heavy snow, sleet or freezing rain is likely within the next 24-48 hours.
- Winter storm warning. It is used when there is a high probability of a winter storm within the next 24 hours.
- Winter weather warning. Used when light to moderate amounts of snow, sleet, or freezing rain are forecast for the next 24 hours. In this there may be difficulties to travel due to the conditions.
To prepare for the cold
To ensure Carolinians are prepared for the winter season, Emergency Management Authorities suggest:
- Have food at home for three days or non-perishable foods, as well as medicines.
- Have new or recharged batteries for radios and flashlights.
- Wear warm clothes. In this case it is recommended to wear several layers of light clothing instead of just one heavy coat.
- Use vented kerosene heaters and ensure power generators are located outside the house and away from windows and doors.
- Have a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio (NOAA weather radio) or weather alert app on your cell phone.
- Have other heaters and fire extinguishers that the whole family knows how to use.
- Put another emergency kit in the car that has an ice remover, jumper cables, tow chain, sand/salt, blankets, flashlight, first aid kit and road map.