Emergency Management News

Emergency Management - Dec. 7, 2018

The emergency management directors for Forsyth and Guilford counties are urging Triad residents to complete their preparations for the winter storm forecast to hit this weekend, and to take seriously the dangers that could be posed by snow and freezing rain.

All residents should be prepared for possible power outages, says August Vernon, the emergency management director for Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. "This storm has the potential to bring down trees and power lines," Vernon said. "All residents should have a supply of non-perishable food and flashlights or battery-powered lanterns."

Kerosene heaters should be properly vented and gas-powered generators should be kept outside and away from windows and doors. Grills or camp stoves should not be used indoors.

Unless absolutely necessary, residents should avoid driving on snow- or ice-covered roadways. If you do drive, leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles and reduce your speed. Put together an emergency kit for your car that includes a scraper, jumper cables, tow chain, sand/salt, blankets, flashlight, first aid kit and road map.

As of 5 a.m. today, the National Weather Service was forecasting 10 inches of snow for Forsyth and Guilford counties from Saturday night through Monday. However, forecasters said that actual accumulation could range from less than 5 inches to as much as 16 inches or more.

For complete information about preparing for severe winter weather visit ReadyNC.org. Residents should also download the ReadyNC mobile app to have easy access to information about shelter locations, forecasts, road conditions, power outages and more. 

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