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Issued by NWS Newport/Morehead, NC

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000 NOUS42 KMHX 051110 PNSMHX NCZ029-044>047-079>081-090>095-098-103-104-051515- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC 610 AM EST FRI DEC 5 2014 **************************************************************** WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN NORTH CAROLINA NOVEMBER 30 THROUGH DECEMBER 6, 2014 **************************************************************** 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 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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