Gov. Cooper signs state of emergency for N.C. ahead of winter storm
“This storm will bring significant impacts from snow, sleet and freezing rain in different parts of the state, with likely power outages and travel disruptions,” Cooper said.
RALEIGH, S.C. (WBTV) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency ahead of the expected weekend winter storm.
According to the governor’s office, Cooper signed the state of emergency Thursday night to activate state resources to respond to the storm and to allow for the possibility of federal reimbursement if the event qualifies.
Everyone should make sure they have groceries, medications and other essentials like water, batteries and pet food.
Governor Cooper and Emergency Management officials shared an update on inclement weather Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
“This storm is a menace. As much as a foot of snow is expected to fall in the mountains and foothills. In central North Carolina freezing rain and sleet on top of some snow will fall. The eastern part of our state expects heavy rain and flash flooding, plus high wind gusts,” Gov. Cooper said.
The North Carolina Emergency Management team expects ice and wind to bring down some trees and power lines, and officials are in contact with utility companies in advance of expected power outages.
Duke Energy officials say they are bringing in extra crews from other parts of the country to help out.
“This storm will bring significant impacts from snow, sleet and freezing rain in different parts of the state, with likely power outages and travel disruptions,” Cooper said. “North Carolinians should pay close attention to their local weather forecast over the next few days, and make sure they are personally prepared before Saturday afternoon.”
Gov. Cooper says Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good has promised to activate 10,000 people to deal with this.
The governor has activated 200 National Guard soldiers to assist in storm response. The National Guard will work in Western and Central counties to help with transportation.
The National Guard are equipped with emergency response vehicles that can move through the snow, such as Humvees and 4-wheel drive ambulances. The governor says he will stage National Guard and DOT teams at trouble spots on our interstates.
Department of Transportation workers started brining roads Thursday in preparation for the storm and expect to complete that work on Friday, according to the governor’s office. Transportation officials recommend staying off the roads once travel conditions deteriorate.
To prepare for winter weather, North Carolina Emergency Management officials recommend these tips:
- Always keep at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food and a supply of medication in your home.
- Keep cell phones and mobile devices charged in case of power outages.
- Keep fresh batteries on hand for weather radios and flashlights.
- Dress warmly. Wear multiple layers of thin clothing instead of a single layer of thick clothing.
- Properly vent kerosene heaters and ensure generators are operated outside and away from open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Never burn charcoal indoors or use a gas grill indoors.
- Use a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio or a weather alert app on your phone to receive emergency weather alerts.
- Store an emergency kit in your vehicle. Include scraper, jumper cables, tow chain, sand/salt, blankets, flashlight, first-aid kit and road map.
- Make an emergency supplies kit for your pet and include medical records, leash and feeding supplies, enough food and for several days and pet travel carrier.
- Do not leave pets outside for long periods of time during freezing weather.
Caldwell County Declares State of Emergency
Chairman Randy Church of the Caldwell County Commissioners has declared a State of Emergency for Caldwell County effective Saturday night (Jan. 15,) at 10 p.m. in preparation for the winter storm predicted for the county.
“This declaration has been made in preparation for the potential impacts Winter Storm Izzy could have on Caldwell County; this is in no way a reason for panic or worry. This will simply allow the Department of Emergency Services to implement and function under the County’s Emergency Operations Plan and will also assist in obtaining any resources that may be needed,” Emergency Services Director Dino DiBernardi explained.
County officials encourage citizens to follow the Caldwell County and Caldwell County Emergency Services Facebook pages for up-to-date information and important information on how to best prepare for its potential impact.
Caldwell County Emergency Services has been actively engaged in the preparation and response to the impending weather system and continues to work closely with other local and State officials in an attempt to lessen the effects on services provided to the citizens and visitors of Caldwell County.
The State of Emergency will remain in effect until officials recommend that a declaration to terminate the State of Emergency is made.
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