Cooper urges preparation for winter storm, declares state of emergency

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RALEIGH, NC — Governor Roy Cooper is urging North Carolina residents to prepare for a major winter storm and has signed a state of emergency before the storm arrives.

“This storm will bring significant impacts of snow, sleet and freezing rain to various parts of the state, with likely power outages and travel disruptions,” Governor Cooper said. “North Carolina residents should pay close attention to their local weather forecasts over the next few days and ensure they are personally prepared before Saturday afternoon.”

The governor signed a state of emergency late Thursday to activate state resources to respond to the storm and to allow for the possibility of federal reimbursement if the event qualifies.

NCDOT crews and contractor resources will work to clear roads as quickly as possible, but response times are expected to be slower than previous storms due to labor shortages affecting crews distributed throughout the state.

Department of Transportation workers began brining the roads on Thursday in anticipation of the storm and expect to finish that job on Friday. Transport officials recommend staying off the roads once travel conditions deteriorate.

If you must travel in inclement weather, State Highway Patrol officials remind motorists to reduce speed, leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles, and remove all ice or snow from your vehicle before driving. to travel. If you get stuck, pull off the freeway, stay in your vehicle, and call for help. Don’t go on foot unless you see a nearby building where you can take shelter.

To prepare for winter, North Carolina emergency management officials recommend these tips:

  • Always keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and a supply of medicine at home.
  • Keep cell phones and mobile devices charged in the event of a power outage.
  • Keep fresh batteries on hand for weather radios and flashlights.
  • Dress warmly. Wear several layers of thin clothing instead of one layer of thick clothing.
  • Properly vent kerosene heaters and make sure generators are operated outdoors and away from open windows or doors to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Never burn charcoal indoors or use a gas grill indoors.
  • Use a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio or weather alert app on your phone to receive emergency weather alerts.
  • Store an emergency kit in your vehicle. Include scraper, jumper cables, tow chain, sand/salt, blankets, flashlight, first aid kit and road map.
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit for your pet and include medical records, leash and feeding supplies, enough food for several days, and a pet carrier bag.
  • Do not leave pets outside for long periods in freezing weather.

With heavy rains and possible coastal flooding in eastern North Carolina, it is important to never drive on flooded roads.

To visit ReadyNC.gov for more information on preparing for winter weather, as well as information on power outages. To visit DriveNC.gov for current NCDOT travel requirements.

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