Wednesday, February 12, 2014
NorCo EMS: Be Prepared
Area residents must take steps now to prepare for the storm by gathering supplies, reviewing emergency plans and preparing for the possibility of power outages. County Emergency Management officials have begun preparations for EOC activation and key response agencies have been placed on standby.
Robert Mateff, Director of Northampton County Emergency Management Services, noted that the County will activate the Emergency Operations Center to a Level 3 as a precautionary measure in anticipation of significant snowfall. Mateff said “Citizens should stay tuned to local media outlets for storm related information and instructions.”
Northampton County residents and visitors are encouraged to sign up for the County’s emergency notification system NotifyNC by visiting www.NotifyNC.org. “NotifyNC allows emergency management officials to send real-time emergency alerts to cell phones, pagers, email, and other registered devices,” said Northampton County Executive John Brown. “This public alerting system greatly enhances the County’s efforts to prepare and protect the public.”
In areas where forecasts are calling for significant snow and possible icy conditions, motorists should postpone travel whenever possible. Those who travel in adverse conditions should ensure that their vehicle has a full tank of gas and an emergency supplies kit. The kit should include warm clothing, blankets, food and water, and any items needed such as medications, baby supplies, and items for pets.