The National Weather Service has issued a “WINTER STORM WARNING” for our area, beginning this afternoon continuing into Sunday morning. Forecasts are calling for winter precipitation, including the potential for freezing rain, ice and/or snow, and the forecast says Wake County could see 8 to 12 inches of snow. (See details on www.wral.com.) WakeMed employees who are scheduled to work during the weekend are coming in prepared with supplies to stay overnight in the event that road conditions become unsafe. It is also important that you too prepare before the storm hits by making sure your home disaster supply kit is well stocked with the following items:
- A first aid kit
- Battery operated radio, clock and flashlight with extra batteries
- Canned food and other nonperishable foods that do not require cooking (don’t forget pets)
- Bottled water (at least one gallon of water per person and pet per day)
- Charged cellular telephone
- Fuel for alternative heat sources like kerosene or logs for the fire (be sure to never use grills or other carbon dioxide-producing heat sources indoors)
And, if the roads are hazardous, only venture out if absolutely necessary. See our previous blog post for tips on entertaining the kids indoors on snow days, and visit WakeMed.org for more emergency preparedness manuals.