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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
927 AM EST THU JAN 21 2016

...DEALING WITH MAJOR WINTER STORMS...

WITH A MAJOR WINTER STORM EXPECTED TO AFFECT THE AREA STARTING
TONIGHT...IT IS A GOOD TIME TO REVIEW SAFETY RULES AND FINALIZE
WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

REMEMBER THAT HEAVY ACCUMULATIONS OF ICE OR SNOW ON TREES AND
POWER LINES OFTEN CAUSE ELECTRICAL OUTAGES. THE OUTAGES MAY BE
WIDESPREAD...WITH MANY HOMES AFFECTED FOR SEVERAL DAYS AND SOME
FOR A WEEK OR MORE. WHEN A WINTER STORM WARNING IS ISSUED FOR YOUR
LOCATION...TAKE IMMEDIATE STEPS TO PREPARE FOR POSSIBLE PROLONGED
POWER OUTAGES.

TAKE TIME NOW TO LOCATE FLASHLIGHTS...LANTERNS...AND PORTABLE
RADIOS SO THAT THEY ARE EASILY ACCESSIBLE WHEN THE POWER GOES OUT.
CHECK THAT THEY HAVE FRESH BATTERIES. BE VERY CAUTIOUS ABOUT USING
CANDLES AS A LIGHT SOURCE. CANDLES CAN EASILY TIP OVER AND START A
FIRE. CHECK THAT SMOKE ALARMS ARE IN GOOD WORKING ORDER AND THAT
THEY HAVE A BATTERY BACKUP IN CASE THE POWER GOES OUT. A BATTERY-
POWERED NOAA WEATHER RADIO IS AN ESPECIALLY GOOD TOOL FOR KEEPING
ABREAST OF THE LATEST WINTER WEATHER DEVELOPMENTS.

IF YOU OWN A GENERATOR...BE SURE TO NEVER OPERATE IT
INDOORS...INSIDE THE GARAGE...OR NEAR THE AIR INTAKE OF YOUR
HOME BECAUSE OF THE RISK OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING. ALSO...
NEVER USE A CHARCOAL GRILL OR A PORTABLE GAS CAMP STOVE INDOORS.
CONSIDER INVESTING IN A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR...ESPECIALLY
ONE WITH A BATTERY BACKUP. USE EXTREME CARE WITH ANY ALTERNATIVE
HEAT SOURCE SUCH AS A WOOD OR GAS FIREPLACE...STOVE...OR KEROSENE
HEATER. MAINTAIN VENTILATION TO AVOID A BUILD-UP OF TOXIC FUMES.
ALWAYS REFUEL HEATERS OUTSIDE AND KEEP ALL HEATERS AT LEAST 3 FEET
AWAY FROM FLAMMABLE OBJECTS.

STORE DRINKING WATER IF YOUR WATER SUPPLY IS PUMPED FROM A WELL.
STOCK UP ON CANNED FOOD...OR OTHER FOOD THAT DOES NOT NEED TO BE
COOKED. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A NON-ELECTRIC CAN OPENER AT YOUR
DISPOSAL. ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ADEQUATE BABY FOOD...
PRESCRIPTIONS...AND ANY OTHER NECESSARY HOUSEHOLD ITEMS BEFORE THE
STORM STRIKES.

DURING ICE STORMS...TREES AND LARGE BRANCHES CAN FALL ON YOUR
HOME...POSSIBLY CAUSING DAMAGE OR INJURIES. AVOID PARTS OF YOUR
HOME THAT COULD BE HIT BY FALLING TREES OR LIMBS...AND DO NOT
STAND UNDER TREES IF YOU VENTURE OUTSIDE. BEFORE THE NEXT
STORM...CONSIDER HAVING PROFESSIONALS REMOVE TREES OR BRANCHES
THAT ARE TOO CLOSE TO YOUR HOME.

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.

HEAVY SNOW AND ICE STORMS MAKE TRAVEL HIGHLY TREACHEROUS...IF NOT
IMPOSSIBLE. IT IS FAR BETTER TO REMAIN AT HOME THAN TO VENTURE
OUT INTO A WINTER STORM. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...THERE ARE A FEW
STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF INJURY OR DEATH. KEEP
YOUR GAS TANK NEAR FULL TO AVOID ICE IN THE TANK AND FUEL LINES.
CHECK YOUR WINDSHIELD WIPERS AND KEEP YOU 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.

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.

BEFORE AND AFTER WINTER STORMS...REMEMBER TO CHECK IN ON
FAMILY...FRIENDS...AND NEIGHBORS. THE ELDERLY AND CHRONICALLY ILL
ARE MOST AT RISK DURING POWER OUTAGES. IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO
EVACUATE SUCH ONES TO MEDICAL FACILITIES...SHELTERS...OR OTHER
LODGING WHERE ELECTRICITY AND HEAT ARE AVAILABLE. ALSO...DO NOT
FORGET ABOUT YOUR OUTDOOR PETS AND ANY 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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GERAPETRITIS



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