GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Emergency officials in Pitt County are preparing to keep you and your family safe during the coming snowstorm.
Pitt County Emergency Management Director Noel Lee says he's dealt with significant snowstorms before, and knows they're nothing to be trifled with. "If you don't need to be out, stay in with the supplies that you need. Stay in, enjoy a day at home," said Lee.
He stresses to get your preparations in order while the roads are still clear, because before you know it, it could be too late. If you need to go out, make sure you're ready for the worst. "Do you have blankets in your car if you do get stuck? Is your vehicle full of fuel? Do you really need to go? Or are you just getting out to joyride," he said.
Lee says you need to be aware of carbon monoxide in the case of a crash, because it can fill your car if your muffler gets blocked.
Law enforcement officials aren't taking the day off. "Our cruisers do have the capacity to drive in up to ten inches of snow," said Kristen Hunter, of the Greenville Police Department. They'll be cutting down on the amount of cruisers on the road, but are planning on having two officers per car. That way, they can limit the amount of traffic on the road, but keep up their police presence.
Greenville Fire/Rescue workers were in meetings all day Monday in order to get their plan in order. "This is what we train for and we stay prepared for. Cold weather can make anything more difficult, especially when you're working with water," said Mekenzie Cox of Greenville Fire/Rescue. "Make sure you have your medications filled beforehand. Try to get everything done so you don't have to leave the house and that way we don't put anybody in danger out on the roads."
All of the departments will be working together to communicate which areas are becoming dangerous. Greenville Police officials say you can follow them on Twitter to stay up to the minute.