Governor Cooper Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Christmas Weekend Winter Storm

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Governor Roy Cooper has just declared a State of Emergency in preparation of the incoming winter storm.

The declaration will officially activate the state’s emergency operations plan, waive transportation regulations to help the transport of fuel and critical supplies, help first responders, and protect consumers from price gouging.

The incoming arctic mass will create icy conditions and prolonged deep freezes across our state. The bitter cold will start on Friday and continue throughout the holiday weekend, with lows in the teens and highs barely reaching freezing, while the mountains will be even colder.

Winds could cause downed trees, power outages, and dangerous driving conditions, while below-zero wind chill values will burst pipes in many areas.

To help ensure you are ready for winter weather, North Carolina Emergency Management officials urges residents to prepare starting this week.

To prepare your car, top off all your fluids, especially your oilpower steering fluid, and antifreeze. You’ll also want to check your tires and make sure your air pressure is over 32 PSI.

To prepare your home, make sure to drain all fountains and exterior water fixtures. Always let at least one of your faucets drip to avoid freezing pipes. Consider buying a humidifier if you’re sensitive to dry air. If you have an older home with older windows, investing in some shrink film insulation will save you a ton on your heating bill.

To prepare yourself, buy some thermal gloves, a warm hat, and a winter jacket. If you’re going to spend any length of time outside, you may even want to consider buying an electric heating jacket.

If you have a pet – make sure to read our article about how to keep your furry friend warm.

For more information on how to prepare for winter storms and other hazards that affect North Carolina, visit readync.gov

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