Welcome to ReadyROWAN!
Emergency and disaster situations can happen at any moment, day, or week.
Being prepared AHEAD of time is key to ensuring that you and your loved ones, co-workers,
home, business, and property is protected to the best level possible.
When disaster strikes, the best protection is knowing what to do.
By selecting the various available resources on this page,
you can obtain vital and important information to help guide you.
We encourage all citizens in Rowan County & in our municipalities to BE READY!
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Current Significant Event Information:
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Current weather information is available from the National Weather Service here
WINTER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE
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that contains much of the information available here, just drop us an email,
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Power Outage Reporting:
IF YOU LOOSE POWER - DO NOT CALL 9-1-1
Use the below links to report your outage, or call the numbers listed
Other Helpful Preparedness Links / Information:
Winter Storms & Extreme Cold
Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to sleet, freezing rain, icing or dangerously low temperatures that sometimes are accompanied by strong winds. One of the primary concerns is the winter storm’s ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time. The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as “deceptive killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. Instead, people die in traffic accidents on icy roads and of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes. The below helpful information can be used as a guide before, during, and after winter weather events:
Before Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
To prepare for a winter storm, do the following:
- Restock or update your emergency kit. Always keep at least a seven-day supply of non-perishable food in your home and a gallon of water per person per day.
- Add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
- Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
- Listen to a NOAA weather radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS). Be alert to changing weather conditions.
- Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
- Bring pets inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
- Make sure you have sufficient heating fuel; regular fuel sources may be cut off.
- If you have a fireplace, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood.
- NEVER USE A CHARCOAL GRILL OR CAMP STOVE INDOORS FOR EITHER COOKING OR HEATING. THE FUMES CAN BE TOXIC.
Winterize your home:
· Winterize your home to by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.
· Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment.
· Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
· Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
· Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
· All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
· Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
· Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
· Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
· Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow - or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.
During Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
- Stay indoors during the storm.
- Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
- Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
- Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
- Wear multiple layers of thin clothing to stay warmer; you can easily remove layers to remain comfortable. Wear a hat; most body heat is lost through the top of the head. Cover your mouth with scarves to protect lungs from directly inhaling extremely cold air.
- Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
- Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible.
- Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. See tips below.
- If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
- Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
- Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.
- Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use them. Know fire prevention rules.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.
Driving in Winter Weather
If you absolutely must travel, the North Carolina Highway Patrol recommends the following precautions:
- Reduce your speed. Driving at the regular speed limit will reduce your ability to control the car if you begin to slide.
- Leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles.
- Bridges and overpasses accumulate ice first. Approach them with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on the bridge.
- If you do begin to slide, take your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel IN THE DIRECTION OF THE SLIDE. Do NOT apply the brakes as that will cause further loss of control of the car.
After Winter Storms & Extreme Cold:
- Seek other shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold.
- Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.
Rowan County is a joint partner with the US Department of Homeland Security and the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management to provide this important information to our citizens