Martin County 911 prepares for increase in calls during storm

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MARTIN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Students in Martin County celebrated an early dismissal Wednesday.

With the winter weather expected to plow through the east overnight, some people have even planned to take a day off from work.

"I'm not going to do anything else but stay home," says Karen Fitzgerald, a Martin County resident. "I'm out here working today to see my clients, and all that I don't today, I'm not going to put my life in jeopardy and see them tomorrow."

But there are crews in the east have to brave the cold winter weather to help keep our communities safe.

Crews at the DOT in Martin County started pre-treating the roads with brine Wednesday morning and will have about five people working overnight to continue treating the roads as the snow pushes through the east.

The 911 communications center in Martin County is also gearing up for the weather by adding more people on duty to answer any emergency calls.

"Any time you have snow, traffic and traffic accidents increase dramatically," says Jason Steward, the Martin County 911 director.

He says they could see anywhere from a 30- to a 100-percent increase in calls depending on the severity of the storm.

"I would just advise people that staying at home will be the safest option," he tells WITN. "Not traveling unless it's absolutely necessary, and if you're home and we know where you are, we can probably get to you."