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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
616 AM EST WED FEB 25 2015

...DEALING WITH HEAVY SNOWSTORMS...

HEAVY SNOW CAN MAKE TRAVEL HIGHLY TREACHEROUS. IT IS FAR BETTER
TO REMAIN AT HOME...OR INDOORS IN A WARM LOCATION...THAN TO VENTURE
OUT INTO A WINTER STORM. WHEN A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY
SNOW IS ISSUED FOR YOUR LOCATION...CHECK THAT YOU HAVE AN
ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF FOOD...PRESCRIPTIONS...AND ANY OTHER NECESSARY
HOUSEHOLD ITEMS BEFORE THE STORM STRIKES.

BE SURE TO HAVE ROCK SALT OR SAND AVAILABLE TO SPREAD ON
WALKWAYS AND STEPS. HAVE SHOVELS OR OTHER SNOW REMOVAL
EQUIPMENT ON HAND. BE AWARE THAT SHOVELING IS EXTREMELY HARD
WORK. DO NOT SHOVEL SNOW UNLESS YOU ARE IN GOOD PHYSICAL
CONDITION. IF YOU MUST SHOVEL...REST FREQUENTLY AND PACE
YOURSELF. OVEREXERTION CAN CAUSE FALLS ON SLIPPERY SURFACES
AND HEART ATTACKS IN PEOPLE OF ALL AGES. STOP IMMEDIATELY IF
YOU EXPERIENCE ANY CHEST DISCOMFORT OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH.

IF YOU GO OUTSIDE FOR ANY REASON...WEAR SEVERAL LAYERS OF
LOOSE-FITTING...LIGHTWEIGHT...WARM CLOTHING RATHER THAN ONE
LAYER OF HEAVY CLOTHING. OUTER GARMENTS SHOULD BE TIGHTLY WOVEN
AND WATER-REPELLENT. MITTENS ARE WARMER THAN GLOVES. WEAR
STURDY...WATERPROOF BOOTS.

IF YOU MUST TRAVEL THROUGH A LOCATION WHERE SEVERE WINTER
WEATHER IS POSSIBLE...THERE ARE A FEW STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO
REDUCE YOUR RISK OF INJURY OR DEATH.

ALWAYS KEEP YOUR CAR IN GOOD REPAIR TO MINIMIZE YOUR CHANCES OF
BREAKING DOWN IN WINTER WEATHER. KEEP YOUR GAS TANK NEAR FULL
TO AVOID ICE IN THE TANK AND FUEL LINES. CHECK YOUR WINDSHIELD
WIPERS AND KEEP YOUR WASHER FLUID FULL. CARRY EXTRA WEIGHT...
SUCH AS SAND BAGS...IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR OR BED OF YOUR
TRUCK...PARTICULARLY IF YOU HAVE A REAR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE.
PREPARE AN EMERGENCY KIT THAT CAN BE USED IF YOU ENCOUNTER
WINTER STORM CONDITIONS. USEFUL ITEMS INCLUDE A SHOVEL...
WINDSHIELD SCRAPER...FLASHLIGHT...BATTERY POWERED RADIO...
PREFERABLY ONE WITH A BAND FOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO RECEPTION...
EXTRA BATTERIES...BOTTLED WATER...SNACKS...A HAT...GLOVES...
AND A BLANKET. A TOW CHAIN OR ROPE...ROAD SALT OR SAND...
BOOSTER CABLES...AND EMERGENCY FLARES MAY ALSO PROVE USEFUL
DURING ROADSIDE EMERGENCIES. BE SURE TO CARRY A FULLY CHARGED
CELL PHONE.

TRY TO TRAVEL ONLY DURING THE DAYLIGHT HOURS WHEN ROAD HAZARDS
WILL BE EASIER TO SPOT. KEEP OTHERS INFORMED OF YOUR SCHEDULE
AND ROUTE...AND STAY ON MAIN ROADS. REALIZE THAT STEEP OR HILLY
SECTIONS OF ROADWAY COULD BECOME VERY SLIPPERY AND TREACHEROUS.
SLOW DOWN...TURN...BRAKE...AND ACCELERATE GRADUALLY. LEAVE
PLENTY OF ROOM BETWEEN YOU AND THE OTHER VEHICLES. BE
PARTICULARLY CAREFUL ON RAMPS...BRIDGES...AND OVERPASSES.
ALWAYS ALLOW PLENTY OF EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION.

IF YOU ARE TRAPPED IN YOUR CAR...PULL OFF THE ROAD...SET YOUR
HAZARD LIGHTS TO FLASHING...AND HANG A DISTRESS FLAG FROM THE
WINDOW. CALL FOR HELP ON YOUR CELL PHONE AND REMAIN IN YOUR
VEHICLE. CONSERVE FUEL AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE...BUT RUN THE ENGINE
AND HEATER ABOUT TEN MINUTES EACH HOUR TO KEEP WARM. OPEN DOWNWIND
WINDOWS SLIGHTLY TO PREVENT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING... AND MAKE
SURE YOUR EXHAUST PIPE IS FREE OF SNOW. EXERCISE TO MAINTAIN BODY
HEAT...BUT DO NOT OVEREXERT YOURSELF. HUDDLE WITH OTHER PASSENGERS
AND USE YOUR COAT FOR A BLANKET.

BEFORE AND AFTER WINTER STORMS...REMEMBER TO CHECK IN ON
FAMILY...FRIENDS...AND NEIGHBORS. DO NOT FORGET ABOUT YOUR
OUTDOOR PETS AND LIVESTOCK. MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A SOURCE OF
WATER THAT WILL NOT FREEZE AND A WARM PLACE TO TAKE SHELTER
FROM THE WIND AND COLD.

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