Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Emergency,agencies preparing for possible Christmas snow accumulation

Christmas Emergency,
Local emergency officials attended a National Weather Service briefing this afternoon to get information regarding the expected accumulation of snow over the holiday weekend.

According to the NWS, the North Georgia area, as defined through a line north of Rome, Canton and Gainesville, should expect a snow event beginning between 7-9 a.m. Saturday morning. Temperatures will remain above freezing most of the day, so freezing roadways won’t be a problem until 10 p.m. Saturday night.

In the worst case scenario, the area could see 3-6 inches of snow beginning around seven Saturday morning and ending Sunday afternoon. Rome-Floyd County could see some icing on the roadways and overpasses beginning around 10 p.m. Temperatures will not reach above freezing until mid Sunday morning.

Click here to see the National Weather Service website.

The NWS will hold another weather briefing Friday, December 24 at 3 p.m. At such time, local officials will release the most up to date information regarding the snow accumulation.

Scotty Hancock, Director of Floyd County’s Emergency Management Agency, advised residents to be prepared for the possibility of winter weather.

Take the following precautions to provide for the safety and security of their family and property during a winter storm:

Keep your radio or television tuned to a local station to keep informed of current weather conditions and forecasts.

Be prepared at home by keeping adequate supplies: heating fuel, non-perishable food, clean water, flashlights with extra batteries, first aid supplies, extra blankets, and a battery powered radio. A fire extinguisher is also recommended for year-round use, if needed, in your home.

Keep some kind of emergency heating equipment and fuel on hand so you can keep at least one room of your house livable in case your power is off. Keep the room ventilated to avoid buildup of toxic fumes.

Stay indoors as much as possible. If you must go outdoors, dress warm in loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing. Your outer garment should be water repellent. Avoid overexertion from walking to get supplies.

Driving conditions might be hazardous, so use precaution while driving.

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