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Governor declares State of Emergency for entire state

RALEIGH - Gov. Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency Friday for all 100 counties in North Carolina ahead of the snow storm expected to arrive Friday night into Saturday.

The governor also urged residents to play it safe.

“Given our often unpredictable weather, I encourage North Carolinians to keep a close eye on the forecast during the next several days,” urged Governor Cooper. “This storm could bring several inches of snow to much of our state. Now is the time to update your emergency supply kits if you have not recently done so.”

Emergency Management officials from North Carolina’s State Emergency Response Team are coordinating with potentially affected counties to discuss preparations.

While the storm is not expected to cause widespread power outages, public safety officials said this is a good time to review winter safety tips:   

  • Keep alternative heating sources prepared. If you have a fireplace, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood. Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use them.
  • Do not use charcoal grills or generators indoors; the fumes can be deadly.
  • Turn off electrical appliances that were on when the power went off to avoid a power surge when the electricity is restored.
  • Use flashlights. Do not use candles; they greatly increase the chance of having a fire in your home. 
  • Limit your activities to no more than two rooms and close off unneeded rooms. 
  • Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors and cover windows at night to keep cold air out and warm air in. 
  • If you have well water, fill up tubs and buckets with water so if the power goes out you still have water.
  • Remember to eat and drink regularly. Food provides the body with energy to produce its own heat. 
  • Keep the body replenished with fluids to prevent dehydration. 
  • Wear layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Layering clothes keeps you warmer than a single layer of heavy clothing. Remove layers to avoid overheating, perspiration and subsequent chill.

Updated weather and road conditions can be found via the ReadyNC mobile app or at readync.org.

 


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