Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms including blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and high winds.
A winter storm can:
Last a few hours or several days.
Cut off heat, power and communication services.
Put older adults, children, sick individuals and pets at greater risk.
How to Protect Yourself from Winter Weather
IF YOU ARE UNDER A WINTER STORM WARNING, FIND SHELTER RIGHT AWAY
Know your winter weather terms:
Winter Storm Warning
Issued when hazardous winter weather in the form of heavy snow, heavy freezing rain, or heavy sleet is imminent or occurring. Winter Storm Warnings are usually issued 12 to 24 hours before the event is expected to begin.
Winter Storm Watch
Alerts the public to the possibility of a blizzard, heavy snow, heavy freezing rain, or heavy sleet. Winter Storm Watches are usually issued 12 to 48 hours before the beginning of a Winter Storm.
Winter Weather Advisory
Issued for accumulations of snow, freezing rain, freezing drizzle, and sleet which will cause significant inconveniences and, if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.
Know Your Risk for Winter Storms
Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Listen for emergency information and alerts. Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
Preparing for Winter Weather
Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups. Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Remember the needs of your pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights. If you are unable to afford your heating costs, weatherization or energy-related home repairs, contact the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for help.
In Case of Emergency
Be prepared for winter weather at home, at work and in your car. Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water and non-perishable snacks. Keep a full tank of gas.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Sign up for email updates about coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Learn the symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance. If you are able to, set aside items like soap, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, disinfecting wipes, and general household cleaning supplies that you can use to disinfect surfaces you touch regularly
Stay Safe During Winter Weather
Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
- Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, then stay inside.
- Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
- Reduce the risk of a heart attack by avoiding overexertion when shoveling snow and walking in the snow.
Learn the signs of, and basic treatments for, frostbite and hypothermia.
Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers and toes.
- Signs: Numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, firm or waxy skin.
- Actions: Go to a warm room. Soak in warm water. Use body heat to warm. Do not massage or use a heating pad.
Hypothermia is an unusually low body temperature. A temperature below 95 degrees is an emergency.
- Signs: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech or drowsiness.
- Actions: Go to a warm room. Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head and groin. Keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck.
If you are experiencing an emergency, dial the Emergency Number: 911. If you are not experiencing an emergency, please select one of the numbers provided.
Emergency Medical Services:
- Greene County Emergency Services: Greene County Emergency Services | Facebook | 252-747-2544 (Non-Emergencies)
Greene County Fire Departments:
- Non-Emergency Number: 252-747-3888
- Arba Fire Department: Facebook
- Bullhead Fire Department:
- Castoria Fire Department: Facebook
- Fort Run Fire Department: Facebook
- Hookerton Fire Department: Facebook
- Jason Fire Department: Facebook
- Maury Fire Department: Maury Fire and Rescue| Facebook
- Scuffleton Fire Department: Facebook
- Shine Fire Department: Shine Fire and EMS | Facebook | Twitter | Shine Fire District “Next Door” App | ReadySetGo Program
- Snow Hill Fire Department: Facebook
- Walstonburg Fire Department: Facebook
- Greene County Sheriff’s Department: 252-747-3411 (Non-Emergency)
- Snow Hill Police Department: Facebook | 252-560-9022 (Non-Emergency)
- North Carolina Department of Transportation: North Carolina Department of Transportation | Traveler Information Management System
- North Carolina Forestry: North Carolina Forest Service |Greene County Forest Service | Burn Permits
- North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission| North Carolina Game Lands | Boating Access Areas
- Pitt-Greene EMC: Pitt-Greene EMC | (252) 753-3128
- Duke Energy: Duke Energy NC | (800) 452-2777
- Hookerton Public Works: (252) 747-3816
- Wilson Energy: Wilson Energy
- Greene County Public Works: (252) 747-2429
- Snow Hill Public Works: (252) 747-3414
- Hookerton Public Works: (252) 747-3816