News Flash Home
The original item was published from 1/6/2017 11:58:33 AM to 2/28/2017 9:59:45 AM.

News Flash

Carrboro Town News

Posted on: January 6, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Winter Weather Preparedness Tips

Winter Weather Preparedness Tips

In preparation of this weekend’s winter weather event, please consider the following preparedness tips and utilize the links provided to find out more details.

BEFORE THE EVENT

  • Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
    • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
    • Sand to improve traction.
    • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
    • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
    • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
  • Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
  • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

Update the emergency kits with:

  • A shovel
  • Windshield scraper and small broom
  • Flashlight
  • Battery powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Water
  • Snack food
  • Matches
  • Extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • Blanket(s)
  • Tow chain or rope
  • Road salt and sand
  • Booster cables
  • Emergency flares
  • Fluorescent distress flag

Prepare Your Home

  • Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
  • Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).

DURING THE EVENT

  • Stay indoors during the storm.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
  • Consider leaving a faucet dripping to prevent pipes from freezing
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • Signs of Frostbite: Occurs when the skin and body tissue just beneath it freezes. Loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, earlobes, face, and the tip of the nose.
  • What to Do: Cover exposed skin, but do not rub the affected area in an attempt to warm it up. Seek medical help immediately.
  • Signs of Hypothermia: Dangerously low body temperature. Uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion.
  • DO NOT DRIVE unless it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
  • If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
  • Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
  • Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.

To keep up to date on the pending winter weather system and during any severe weather event, check the following sources:
http://www.weather.gov/rah/
https://www.facebook.com/NWSRaleigh/
https://www.facebook.com/NCEmergencyManagement
https://www.facebook.com/OCNCEmergency
@NCEmergency on Twitter
@NWSRaleigh on Twitter
@OCNCEmergency on Twitter

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Carrboro Town News

Carrboro Town Council Group Photo June 2022

Town Council Update

Posted on: January 23, 2023
Celebrating Black America

Black History Month in Carrboro

Posted on: January 19, 2023
Carrboro Town Council Group Photo June 2022

Town Council Update

Posted on: January 17, 2023
national mentoring month

National Mentoring Month in Carrboro

Posted on: January 12, 2023
Carrboro Town Council Group Photo June 2022

Town Council Update

Posted on: January 10, 2023
203 Project Update

203 Project Update

Posted on: December 13, 2022
Town of Carrboro Core Logo

Tree plantings coming to E. Main Street

Posted on: December 12, 2022
Carrboro Town Council Group Photo June 2022

Town Council Update

Posted on: December 12, 2022
Town of Carrboro Core Logo

December Holiday Service Schedule

Posted on: December 12, 2022
Thanksgiving Week Waste Schedule

Thanksgiving Holiday Service Schedule

Posted on: November 18, 2022
Carrboro Town Council Group Photo June 2022

Town Council Update

Posted on: December 5, 2022
shop small logo

Small Business Saturday in Carrboro

Posted on: November 17, 2022
Care to Share Logo

Care to Share Day

Posted on: November 16, 2022
veterans day 2022 web

Town of Carrboro Veterans Day Ceremony

Posted on: November 11, 2022
Carrboro Town Council

Town Council Update

Posted on: November 14, 2022
Carrboro Town Council

Town Council Update

Posted on: October 21, 2022
Carrboro This Week October 17

Carrboro This Week - Oct. 18, 2022

Posted on: October 18, 2022
Carrboro Town Council

Town Council Update

Posted on: October 14, 2022
Leaf Collection

Carrboro Yard Waste Collection Info

Posted on: October 13, 2022
STRI Solar Info Session 10.12.2022

Solar info session offered Oct. 12

Posted on: October 12, 2022
Carrboro This Week- October 10 Slow Down 4 Poetry

Carrboro This Week - Oct. 11, 2022

Posted on: October 11, 2022
firefighter

Fire Prevention Week in Carrboro

Posted on: October 11, 2022
Poet Laureate

Carrboro Announces New Poet Laureate

Posted on: October 10, 2022
Carrboro Town Council

Town Council Update

Posted on: October 10, 2022
Carrboro This Week - October 4 EV Rodeo

Carrboro This Week - Oct. 5, 2022

Posted on: October 5, 2022
weather alert

Severe Weather Information for Carrboro

Posted on: September 28, 2022
Carrboro This Week

Carrboro This Week - Sept. 28, 2022

Posted on: September 28, 2022
Circular Logo with Purple Guitar and Green Background

Carrboro Music Festival – This Sunday

Posted on: September 26, 2022
Carrboro This Week Sept 22 2022

Carrboro This Week - Sept. 22, 2022

Posted on: September 22, 2022
solar event web

Virtual solar info session offered Sept. 28

Posted on: September 21, 2022
NAACP Founding Day

Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP Founding Day

Posted on: October 4, 2022
Carrboro This Week

Carrboro This Week - Sept. 22, 2022

Posted on: September 22, 2022
Carrboro Town Council

Town Council Update

Posted on: September 19, 2022
groundbreaking1

Carrboro Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted on: September 16, 2022
Holiday Parade

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade Returns

Posted on: September 15, 2022
203 Project Update

The 203 Project Update: September 2022

Posted on: September 16, 2022
Carrboro This Week

Carrboro This Week - September 12, 2022

Posted on: September 12, 2022
Carrboro Town Council

Town Council Update

Posted on: September 12, 2022
kiosk with citizen

Stay connected with Town of Carrboro

Posted on: September 8, 2022
Deer Sign

Avoid Collisions with Deer

Posted on: September 7, 2022
Solarize Carrboro Logo

Help to Solarize in Carrboro

Posted on: September 2, 2022
Carrboro Town Council

Town Council Update

Posted on: August 23, 2022
Carrboro This Week

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: June 29, 2022
Carrboro Town Council

Town Council Update

Posted on: June 28, 2022
Carrboro This Week

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: June 21, 2022
Carrboro Town Council

Town Council Update

Posted on: June 20, 2022
Carrboro This Week June 14 2022

Carrboro This Week June 14 2022

Posted on: June 14, 2022
Town Council June 2022

Town Council Update

Posted on: June 9, 2022
Carrboro This Week June 6 2022

Carrboro This Week May 6 2022

Posted on: June 6, 2022
Carrboro Town Council

Carrboro Town Council Update

Posted on: June 6, 2022
Carrboro This Week

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: May 31, 2022
stormwater hotliine

Town Resources for Stormwater

Posted on: May 27, 2022
Carrboro This Week

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: May 23, 2022
Carrboro Town Council

Carrboro Town Council Update

Posted on: May 24, 2022
Carrboro This Week

Carrboro This Week May 16 2022

Posted on: May 16, 2022
Carrboro This Week May 10 2022

Carrboro This Week May 9 2022

Posted on: May 9, 2022
Carrboro Town Council

Carrboro Town Council Update

Posted on: May 6, 2022
Carrboro This Week April 25 2022

Carrboro This Week for April 27, 2022

Posted on: April 27, 2022
Carrboro Town Council

Carrboro Town Council Update

Posted on: April 27, 2022
Carrboro Town Council

Carrboro Town Council Update

Posted on: April 25, 2022
Carrboro This Week web

Carrboro This Week for April 18, 2022

Posted on: April 18, 2022
Carrboro Town Council

Carrboro Town Council Update

Posted on: April 18, 2022
Carrboro This Week (17)

Carrboro This Week for April 11

Posted on: April 11, 2022
Carrboro Town Council

Carrboro Town Council Update

Posted on: April 10, 2022
Carrboro This Week (11)

Carrboro This Week for April 4 2022

Posted on: April 4, 2022
Town Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Posted on: March 24, 2022
Carrboro This Week March 28 2022

Carrboro This Week for March 28 2022

Posted on: March 28, 2022
Town Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Posted on: March 24, 2022
Carrboro This Week March 21 2022

Carrboro This Week for March 21 2022

Posted on: March 21, 2022
Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Posted on: March 21, 2022
Carrboro This Week March 14 2022

Carrboro This Week for March 14 2022

Posted on: March 10, 2022
Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Posted on: March 11, 2022
Carrboro This Week March 7 2022

Carrboro This Week for March 7, 2022

Posted on: March 3, 2022
Tornado preparedness

Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Posted on: March 7, 2022
Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Posted on: March 7, 2022
Carrboro This Week March 1

Carrboro This Week for March 1, 2022

Posted on: February 28, 2022
Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Posted on: February 25, 2022
Carrboro This Week Fb 21 2022

Carrboro This Week Feb. 21, 2022

Posted on: February 21, 2022
Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Posted on: February 21, 2022
Carrboro This Week Feb 14

Carrboro This Week for Feb 14

Posted on: February 14, 2022
Carrboro This Week Feb 7

Carrboro This Week Feb. 7, 2022

Posted on: February 4, 2022
Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Posted on: February 4, 2022
Town Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Posted on: January 31, 2022
Town Council Special Meeting

Town Council Update

Posted on: January 23, 2022
Town Council

Town Council Update

Posted on: January 18, 2022
Town Council

Town Council Update

Posted on: January 3, 2022
Town Council

Town Council Update

Posted on: January 3, 2022