Durham County, like much of North Carolina, has encountered unpredictable winter weather during recent years. Just this year, North Carolina dealt with back-to-back snow and ice storms that downed trees and power lines, closed schools, and caused numerous traffic accidents. Our state also has seen heavy winter rains, flooding and even tornadoes. With the National Weather Service predicting an above-normal chance of precipitation – either rain, snow or ice – Durham County emergency management officials want residents to plan now for winter weather conditions.
Winter storms are actually very deceptive as they create conditions that lead to dangerous and deadly situations. Most deaths are unrelated to the actual storm. Instead, people die in traffic accidents on icy roads or of hypothermia from lengthy exposure to cold. Deaths and injuries related to winter weather can be prevented. I urge residents to take four simple steps to get ready for an emergency. Have a plan, practice it, have an emergency supplies kit and stay informed about weather and traffic conditions to help keep your family safe this winter.
David Marsee, Durham County Emergency Management