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Public Information Statement...DELAYED
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
625 AM EST Wed Dec 6 2017

...WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN NORTH CAROLINA
DECEMBER 3-9, 2017...

This week has been declared winter weather preparedness week in
North Carolina. All week long the National Weather Service will be
issuing Informative messages to help you prepare for winter
weather.  Today we will focus on winter weather preparedness and
things to keep in mind when snow and ice are in the forecast.

Is your home prepared for winter? We think of our homes as the
place we want to be when the weather turns cold and blustery.
However, if certain precautions are not taken before a winter
storm strikes, life at home can be just as miserable as the
weather outside.

Severe winter storms produce conditions which can isolate you in
your home for several days. Prolonged loss of power and telephone
services can severely limit your ability to heat your home and
call for help. In severe winter storms, obtaining supplies, food
and other necessities can be hampered or prevented by poor road
conditions. The following are some helpful hints to make your home
a safe haven during winter weather.

Stock an emergency supply of food and water prior to the onset of
a winter storm. Include food items which require 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. Also make sure you have a manual can opener.

Keep an adequate supply of heating fuel (firewood, kerosene, etc.)
at your home. Use your fuel properly and sparingly as supplies may
be in short order during winter storms. Use heaters and fuels
properly and safely in order to avoid deadly fires and carbon
monoxide.

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 home`s water supply should
water lines break.

Keep generators well away from the home. Never run a generator in
your garage or any other enclosed area. Carbon monoxide from the
exhaust of the generator can be a silent killer. Also make sure
your generator is properly wired to your home.  Never 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.

Due to the use of alternative heating sources, house fires can be
a real danger during winter storms, so make sure that every family
member knows how to evacuate the home in the event of a fire. Make
sure you and your family designate an outdoor meeting place if you
do have to leave your home quickly because of a fire. Also make
sure all smoke detectors are working properly and have fresh
batteries.

Being prepared for winter weather means having the necessary
information to make the right decisions.  The National Weather
Service recommends that you regularly check its web site or tune
into NOAA Weather Radio, local television and local radio in order
to keep informed of weather conditions and forecasts this winter.

Additional winter weather preparedness resources:
NWS winter safety page:
https://www.weather.gov/wrn/winter_safety
North Carolina Department of Public Safety preparedness page:
http://readync.org
FEMA`s Winter preparedness page:
https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

$$

Delayed issuance from Tuesday morning.


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