ORANGE COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES PREPARES FOR WINTER WEATHER

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 20, 2016)–The Orange County Emergency Services Department is preparing for less than a 1/2 inch of snow to fall today between 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The National Weather Service is projecting today’s temperatures will remain below freezing.  As a result, the light snow might cause isolated slick spots on elevated surfaces, such as bridges and overpasses.

Emergency Services is coordinating with the County Departments and community partners to ensure vital services to the public are not interrupted. The preparation includes testing generators, ensuring the County fleet is ready to respond to any events/incidents, placing volunteers from various agencies on standby, and coordinating preparedness activities with the municipalities, university and UNC Hospital system.

Orange County Emergency Services will continue to monitor the roads throughout the day and post road condition updates on Twitter and Facebook: @ocncemergency and www.facebook.com/OCNCEmergency

Drivers who encounter hazardous road conditions can report the locations on Orange County's social media by going to: www.Twitter.com/OCNCGOV and www.Facebook.com/OCNCGOV. Please do not post messages while you are driving.

Safety tips, preparedness information and registration for the OC Alerts emergency notification system can be found at www.readyorange.org

For more information, please contact Kirby Saunders, Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator at 919.245.6100.

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