Published: 2014-11-25 16:39:51
Updated: 2014-11-25 16:39:51
Posted November 25, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Transportation gave its trucks and equipment a thorough checkup Tuesday to make sure the machines are ready to go once winter weather strikes.
“Any issues, we’re getting them repaired now,” said Britt McCurry, Wake County maintenance engineer for the DOT.
The DOT has also expanded its ability to brine roads before a storm. They've added storage for an extra 15,000 gallons of the salt-water mixture. Crews are also working on an additional salt barn to add storage capacity.
On Tuesday, Gene Booth, Cumberland County’s emergency management coordinator, asked all residents to be prepared as well. Most deaths attributed to winter storms result from indirect dangers such as traffic accidents, falling trees, downed power lines, house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning resulting from improper use of space heaters, grills and stoves.
“No matter if there is a severe winter storm in the forecast or a mild one, it is prudent for us all to be on the ready for whatever Mother Nature throws our way,” he said. “In early 2014, North Carolina experienced four back-to-back winter storms, and some areas had inches of snow or ice, while others escaped with merely a dusting. Even with the best forecasts, North Carolina winters are often unpredictable … Take the time now to update your emergency plan and supplies kit to keep your family safe.”
Booth urged residents to practice the following winter safety tips: