This is Winter Weather Awareness Week in North Carolina. We saw a few flakes fall in Eastern Carolina in November, which Governor Easley says should remind people, business and schools that now is the time to prepare for any future winter storms.
Winter storms can develop quickly, Easley said, so it's best to have the supplies you may need and a plan in place.
These tips are from the Governor's Office: -- Keep alternative heating sources ready. If you have a fireplace, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood. Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use them.
-- Properly vent kerosene heaters, keep any generators OUTSIDE and away from open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, do not burn charcoal indoors. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from charcoal fumes indoors.
-- Keep fresh batteries on hand to use with flashlights and weather radios.
-- Always keep at least a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food in your home.
-- Wear multiple layers of thin clothing instead of a single layer of thick clothing to stay warm. You will be warmer and, as the temperature changes, you can easily remove layers to remain comfortable.
-- If you must travel during a winter storm, store an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes: blankets, a battery-powered radio with extra batteries, a first aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, battery booster cables and flares, a tire repair kit and pump, a road map, a bag of cat litter (for tire traction), a tow rope, bottled water and non-perishable high-energy foods such as granola bars, extra clothing to keep dry, and a windshield scraper and brush.
-- If you must drive on snow- or ice-covered roadways, reduce your speed. Driving at the regular speed limit will reduce your ability to control the car if you begin to slide. Leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles.
-- If conditions worsen and you can no longer drive safely, pull off the highway. Stay calm and remain in your vehicle. Do not set out on foot unless you can see a building close by where you know you can take shelter.
More winter weather tips are available at www.readync.org.