CABARRUS COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Important tips and resources for winter weather
With winter weather on the horizon, Cabarrus County Emergency Management urges all residents to review their
emergency plans. Check your emergency kit, replace needed supplies and review the safety tips listed below.
Preparation is the best way to ensure safety during winter weather events.
The Dangers of
Never use a generator, grill,
camp stove or other gasoline,
propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning device inside
a home, garage, basement,
crawlspace or any partially
enclosed area. Locate unit
away from doors, windows and
vents that could allow carbon
monoxide to come indoors.
The primary hazards to avoid
when using alternate sources
for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.
Install carbon monoxide
alarms in central locations on
every level of your home and
outside sleeping areas.
If the carbon monoxide alarm
sounds, move quickly to a fresh
air location outdoors or by an
open window or door.
Call for help from the fresh air
location and remain there until
emergency personnel arrive
to assist you.
Safety during a winter storm
• Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news
channels for critical information on winter weather from
the National Weather Service (NWS).
• Bring pets/companion animals inside.
• Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes
• Keep all fuel-burning equipment vented to the outside
• Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines
in the garage.
• Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer
air to circulate around the plumbing.
• Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power
or heat during periods of extreme cold.
• Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain
or drizzle, s now or dense fog. If travel is necessary, keep
a disaster supply kit in your vehicle.
• Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures,
consider your physical condition, the weather factors and
the nature of the task.
• Protect yourself by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight
clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.
• Ensure homebound individuals have extra food and
medical supplies as needed.