Governor Cooper signs state of emergency for North Carolina, urges preparation ahead of winter storm this weekend


CHARLOTTE (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – Governor Cooper pre-signed a state of emergency of this weekend winter storm. Governor Cooper is urging everyone in North Carolina to prepare now.

“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 particular attention to their local weather forecast over the next few days.”

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 this weekend are expected to be slower than previous storms due to labor shortages affecting teams spread across the state, Governor Cooper said.

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, NC State Highway Patrol officials remind drivers to reduce speed, leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles, and clear all ice or snow from your vehicle before 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, they said.

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.

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