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Preparing for Severe Winter Weather

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  After a warmer than normal December, the National Weather Service has predicted a wetter and cooler than normal winter for South Carolina.  Derrec Becker of S.C. Emergency Management Division cautions that severe weather is possible, and provides a list of simple things people can do to prepare for winter storms.

  • Keep a blanket in your car, plus other things to keep you warm, such as gloves and a hat
  • Keep a good stock of canned goods in the pantry that can be eaten cold
  • Have warm, dry clothing on hand, and a sturdy pair of boots
  • Have rock salt or cat litter to clear driveways of ice
  • Have flashlights and extra batteries
  • For your vehicle, add a shovel, windshield ice scraper, small broom, flashlight, battery powered radio and some snacks
  • For your home, insulate your pipes to prevent freezing
  • Have your vehicle serviced to prepare it for winter weather


    • Never run a generator or burn charcoal indoors for heat, not even in a garage.
    • Don’t light a fire if you haven’t had your fireplace and chimney cleaned
    • Don’t try to heat your home by leaving the oven open