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North Carolina Winter Weather Awareness Week
November 28 - December 4, 2010


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THIS WEEK HAS BEEN DECLARED WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN NORTH
CAROLINA. ALL WEEK LONG THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS BEEN ISSUING
INFORMATIVE MESSAGES TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR WINTER WEATHER.

TODAY, IN OUR LAST STATEMENT, WE WILL FOCUS ON WINTER WEATHER
PREPAREDNESS AND THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN SNOW AND ICE ARE IN THE
FORECAST.

STOCK AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY OF FOOD AND WATER PRIOR TO THE ONSET
OF A WINTER STORM. INCLUDE FOOD, WHICH REQUIRES NO COOKING, SUCH AS
CANNED MEATS, PEANUT BUTTER AND OTHER NON PERISHABLES. ALSO DO NOT
FORGET TO HAVE NECESSARY MEDICINES AND BABY ITEMS ON HAND. A THREE
TO FIVE DAY SUPPLY OF FOOD AND MEDICINE IS GENERALLY SUFFICIENT.
KEEP AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF OF HEATING FUEL LIKE FIREWOOD AND
KEROSENE AT YOUR HOME. USE YOUR FUEL SPARINGLY AS SUPPLIES MAY BE IN
SHORT ORDER DURING WINTER STORMS. KEEP ON HAND A FLASH LIGHT,
BATTERY POWERED RADIO, EXTRA BATTERIES, AND A FIRST AID KIT. PREVENT
WATER PIPES FROM FREEZING BY WRAPPING THEM WITH INSULATION OR
NEWSPAPER COVERED WITH PLASTIC. IN REALLY COLD WEATHER, LET YOUR
FAUCETS DRIP SLIGHTLY TO HELP AVOID FREEZING. IF YOUR PIPES DO
FREEZE, REMOVE THE INSULATION AND WRAP THE PIPES IN RAGS. OPEN EVERY
FAUCET IN THE HOUSE AND POUR HOT WATER OVER THE RAG WRAPPED PIPES.
ALSO KNOW HOW TO SHUT OFF YOUR HOMES WATER SUPPLY SHOULD WATER LINES
BREAK.

NEVER COOK OR HEAT YOUR HOME USING A CHARCOAL GRILL, GAS GRILL OR
CAMP STOVE. GRILLS AND CAMP STOVES CREATE DEADLY CARBON MONOXIDE
FUMES THAT WILL BUILD UP WHEN USED IN YOUR HOME. ALWAYS USE GRILLS
OUTSIDE. ALSO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY FAMILY MEMBER KNOWS HOW TO
EVACUATE THE HOUSE IN THE EVENT A FIRE STARTS IN THE HOME. YOUR LIFE
MAY ONE DAY DEPEND ON IT. HAVE A DESIGNATED MEETING PLACE OUTSIDE OF
THE HOUSE.

MAKE SURE YOUR CAR IS IN GOOD RUNNING CONDITION. ENSURE THAT YOUR
BATTERY, ANTIFREEZE, WINDSHIELD WIPERS, IGNITION AND THERMOSTAT ARE
ALL IN GOOD WORKING ORDER. BE SURE YOUR TIRES HAVE ENOUGH TREAD.
REPLACE ANY OF THESE ITEMS IF NECESSARY. LET SOMEONE KNOW YOUR
DESTINATION AND WHEN YOU PLAN TO ARRIVE. CLEAN SNOW AND ICE OFF ALL
PARTS OF YOUR CAR BEFORE YOU DRIVE AWAY. KEEP YOUR GAS TANK AS FULL
AS POSSIBLE. THIS WILL NOT ONLY GIVE YOU ADDED PEACE OF MIND, IT
ALSO INCREASES THE WEIGHT OF YOUR CAR AND THIS WILL PROVIDE
ADDITIONAL TRACKING. KEEP THE FOLLOWING BASIC ITEMS IN YOUR CAR. YOU
SHOULD HAVE A WINDSHIELD SCRAPER AND BRUSH, JUMPER CABLES, A TOW
CHAIN OR ROPE, BAG OF SAND OR SALT, A BLANKET, FLASHLIGHT, FIRST AID
KIT, AND ROADMAP.

BEING PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER MEANS HAVING THE NECESSARY
INFORMATION TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS. WEATHER FORECASTS PLAY A
LARGE ROLE IN THIS DECISION MAKING PROCESS. THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE RECOMMENDS THAT YOU REGULARLY TUNE INTO NOAA WEATHER RADIO,
LOCAL TELEVISION, AND LOCAL RADIO IN ORDER TO KEEP UP TO DATE ON THE
LATEST WEATHER CONDITIONS AND FORECASTS THIS WINTER.

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