November is designated as Winter Weather Safety Month and Clemson University Emergency Management encourages everyone to prepare now for potential winter weather. In South Carolina, the week following Thanksgiving, this year Nov. 26 – Dec. 2, is designated as Winter Weather Preparedness Week.
Now is the perfect time to get ready for colder temperatures while supplies are well-stocked and demand is low. Don’t be caught unprepared if a winter storm brings power outages or treacherous icy roads.
Have multiple ways to get alerts to stay informed on weather conditions and closings:
- Sign up for CU Safe Alerts and local emergency alerts and regularly check reputable weather sources when winter storms are approaching. Ensure your CU Safe Alerts contact information is up to date on my.Clemson.
- Check out the webpage of your county Emergency Management office to sign up for their alerts and follow the National Weather Service for information about upcoming weather.
- Download the South Carolina Emergency Management Division’s Winter Weather Guide and mobile app for more information.
During winter weather, be mindful of the following:
- Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, then stay inside.
- 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.
- Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
- Insulate your home’s pipes so they don’t freeze if you lose power and heat. If they do freeze, ensure you know how to turn the water off at the source in case a pipe bursts. This is also an important step to include in your everyday Emergency Plan.
- Storms may cause power outages. Now is the time to make sure your emergency kit is well stocked. For a list of suggested items, go to Ready.gov/kit.
- Generators can be helpful when the power goes out. It is important to know how to use them safely to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and other hazards.
For more winter weather tips, visit Ready.gov and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division website.